April 1, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES IN MISSOURI JUMP BY ALMOST 300

 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri has jumped by nearly 300, even as calls for a statewide stay-at-home mandate increased. The state health department said Tuesday that 14 people have died and 1,327 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. That is a 28.7% increase from the 1,031 confirmed cases on Monday.

Gov. Republican Mike Parson has banned gatherings of more than 10 people statewide, but has declined to follow the lead of many states that have required people to stay home. Several health care organizations and Democratic politicians have called for a statewide stay-at-home order.

 

AMEREN MISSOURI PROVIDES PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

 

Ameren Missouri is continuing to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus and have taken steps to continue to provide their services to customers. Ameren Missouri continues to take service calls and work on critical infrastructure projects. While they are out and about, Ameren workers are practicing social distancing, and following the preventative measures advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local authorities. Ameren Missouri asks their customers to maintain at least six feet of distance from work areas and stresses that you should still contact them if you have an electrical emergency. The numbers you can reach them at are: 800-552-7583 for residential services and 877-426-3736 for business services. Ameren Missouri is also helping those customers who may face financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reminding their customers that there are many ways to pay your bill. They are also recommending that those customers who are having difficulty paying their bill should contact the Customer Care team or visit the payment assistance page on their website.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Sunday, March 29 at approximately 10:50AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of E Promenade in reference to a man striking a parked vehicle with a baseball bat.  This was apparently part of an ongoing dispute between the man and a resident of that block. Officers located the suspect approximately 15 minutes later in the 600 block of Mars St. James S Smith, age 60 of Mexico, was arrested for Property Damage 1st degree, Driving While Revoked, Driving While Intoxicated-Chronic Offender, and Resisting Arrest. Smith was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for the offenses.

There were no injuries during the incident.

 

  

 




March 31, 2020

 

SOUTH OUTER ROAD OF I-70 TO CLOSE NEAR NEW FLORENCE NEXT WEEK

 

Weather permitting, Monday, April 6, the west end of the south outer road of Interstate 70 will close at New Florence beginning at Missouri Route 19. It is expected to remain closed for approximately four weeks. The closure is a result of permit work needed for concrete construction of the new Love’s Truck Stop entrance. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the upcoming outer road closure. 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

The Montgomery County Health Department wants to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our county while enabling essential services to continue. Therefore, currently it is highly recommended that all individuals remain at home as much as possible to help decrease the spread of this infection. This document outlines recommendations of physical distancing for individuals and businesses.

Stay at home or place of residence. All individuals currently living within Montgomery County are encouraged to stay at home or at their place of residence unless for essential activities, or to operate essential businesses and operations.

If individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces at their place of residence, it is recommended to adhere to physical distancing as much as possible.

Individuals experiencing homelessness are highly encouraged to obtain shelter. Those individuals whose residence is unsafe or becomes unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternative location.

Non-essential business and operations are highly recommended to close in Montgomery County. All businesses and operations within Montgomery County institute appropriate health and safety protections including social distance techniques (e.g., requiring people to be at least six (6) feet apart; reducing the number of employees, customers, or other people present; reducing face-to-face contact; using phone calls, virtual meetings, and drop-offs, curbside pick-ups rather than in-person contact). Non-essential business includes but are not limited to:

a. Golf Courses,

b. Barbers and Barber Establishments,

c. Cosmetologists, Hairdressers, Manicurists,

d. Gymnasiums,

e. Exercise Studios and Fitness Studios where specific gym equipment and other various types of classes are offered for people of all ages and abilities,

f. Massage Therapists and Massage Businesses

 

Know the sign and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if staff become symptomatic at the worksite. Encourage employees to stay home and notify the workplace administrators when sick.  

 

Implement physical distancing measures, that are not limited to but include increasing physical space between workers, staggering work schedule, and decreasing social contacts in the workplace.

Increase personal protective measures by ensuring hand hygiene supplies are available. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least twice a day.  

 

All restaurants and retail food establishments that normally prepare food for on-site consumption are to only conduct pickup, drive-through or delivery services.

To the greatest extent feasible, all non-essential and essential businesses and operations should exercise physical distancing as much as possible. If open to the public, they should limit the number of people in their facility (including staff) to less than 10 and maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart.  

 




March 30, 2020

 

STATE OF MISSOURI DISASTER REQUEST APPROVED. GOVERNOR MOBILIZES NATIONAL GUARD

The state of Missouri had its federal disaster request approved Friday. The approval will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program to be used to reimburse local governments, nonprofit organizations and the state for emergency protective measures.
In addition, Governor Parson has called for the mobilization of the state's National Guard.
Parson said the decision to mobilize the guard was made after meeting with officials in the state Department of Public Safety, Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency.
Parson said the Missouri National Guard is preparing to conduct several potential missions including, but not limited to, the following:
Assisting in the set up and operation of community based testing sites
Providing intrastate transportation of personnel and equipment for medical or testing support
Providing logistical support to local and state responders as needed
Continued assessment, facilitation, and construction of temporary medical or other facilities
The executive order mobilizing the Missouri National Guard will expire on May 15, unless Governor Parson chooses to extend it.

 

MOBERLY WOMAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR VIRUS AFTER SEEING CANCER DOCTOR

 

Our friends at KTVO have now confirmed that a woman in Randolph County who tested positive for COVID-19 was exposed to her cancer doctor, who tested positive just days after treating the woman.
The patient, Debbie Young, 62, of Moberly said Friday that she had seen her oncologist at Missouri Cancer Associates in Columbia on Wednesday, March 18.
The doctor learned that following Saturday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Young said she got tested Monday after learning that her cancer doctor had tested positive. On Sunday, she had started experiencing a cough and a fever. Her positive test result came back Monday night.
Young told me she still has a cough and a low-grade fever that comes and goes.
She said her infected doctor was not wearing latex gloves when he examined her. Young said the physician had on a medical face mask when he came into the exam room, but he took it off and told her he was wearing it because he had been to Boston, when, in fact, he had been out of the country.
The same doctor sees patients at George Ray Cancer Center in Kirksville.
Patients at the Kirksville clinic who were exposed to the infected doctor on Thursday, March 19 are being monitored by the Adair County Health Department.
Administrator Jim LeBaron previously said that the infected doctor had recently returned to central Missouri after making a trip to Africa.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- March 28-29, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN COLE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City man was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:30pm Friday in Cole County.  59 year old Melvin Wolfe was riding his moped on Schott Road when it skidded on loose gravel and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County.  27 year old Wade Gildehaus of Gerald, MO was on Highway VV when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a sign, a ditch, a driveway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

GIRL SERIOUSLY INJURED IN RTV CRASH

 

A 14 year old girl from Marthasville was seriously injured in an RTV crash Saturday afternoon in Warren County.  The patrol says that the girl was riding it on Concord View Road when she failed to negotiate a curve to the right causing it to travel off the left side of the road and strike a culvert.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

 




March 27, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES GROW ABOVE 500 IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri health officials say the state has 502 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday..

Eight people have died, including a 31-year-old Red Cross employee who was buried Tuesday in St. Louis as her family watched from their cars.

Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday took several steps in response to the spread of the virus, including asking for a federal disaster declaration that would allow the state to receive federal assistance to help the unemployed and to remove biohazardous materials.

The governor also shifted another $11 million from state funds to buy more personal protective equipment.

 

FBI RELEASES STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL SCAMS

 

The following statement was released by the FBI regarding potential scammers trying to capitalize on COVID-19:

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails. Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

Charitable contributions

General financial relief

Airline carrier refunds

Fake cures and vaccines

Fake testing kits

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment. Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov and www.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.

Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.

Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser. Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in “.com” instead).

 

 

 




March 26, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 3:09AM, a Mexico Public Safety officer located an abandoned vehicle in the roadway of the 600 block of Green Boulevard. The vehicle was a black, 1987 Ford Bronco.  It was determined the vehicle had been stolen from the 400 block of S Clark and had apparently stopped working while being driven away.

 

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE OF 12 YEAR OLD GIRL

 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of raping a 12-year-old Kirksville girl.

Anthony Sanders, 22, of Kirksville, is charged with first-degree statutory rape and enticement of a child, both felonies.

Police said the incident happened in the early morning hours of March 17.

According to court documents, Sanders and the girl went for a ride in his car to Steer Creek Way outside Kirksville.

Investigators said the two parked on a dead-end road, and Sanders forced himself on the girl and raped her.

Police seized the alleged victim's electronic tablet as evidence because they say it contained sexually explicit messages from Sanders to the girl.

Sanders is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. As of early Wednesday afternoon, bond had not yet been set.

 

MACON COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

 

The Macon County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Macon County. The person is in self-quarantine and those with close contact are also in self-quarantine.

The department is not releasing more information about the person to protect their privacy. Healthcare and public health are working together to contain the spread of this virus, in a manner to protect the health of the community and the safety of our healthcare providers. They are communicating with local agencies as well as the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain current situational awareness on COVID-19.

 

 




March 25, 2020

 

ASHLAND MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO GIVE CLERKS CORONAVIRUS

 

Authorities say a 26-year-old central Missouri man is jailed after he threatened to give two store clerks COVID-19 by coughing on them. 
Anthony Nunes, of Ashland, is charged with two counts of first-degree harassment. 
The Jefferson City-News Tribune reports Nunes was coughing and told clerks in two stores that he had the virus. 
One incident was reported Friday and the other on Saturday. He was being held Monday in the Cole County jail on $5,000 bond. 
Sheriff John Wheeler says officers routinely take the temperature of incoming inmates and as of Monday, Nunes did not have a fever.

 

COLUMBIA ENACTS STAY AT HOME ORDER

 

On Tuesday, March 24, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning signed a Stay at Home Order (Order 2020-03) related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The order was announced at a press conference with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, Browning and Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The order is effective beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. The order’s intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while enabling essential services to continue.
There are exemptions in the order related to essential activities, such as obtaining necessary supplies and services, activities related to health and safety, and more. All business and operations, except essential business and operations (as defined in the order), must cease.
Restaurants and retail food establishments may provide pick-up, drive-thru or delivery service.
As outlined in a previous order, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, unless exempt by the terms in the order. All playgrounds will be closed to reduce the potential spread however, public outdoor recreation areas remain open.
Please read the order for all definitions and exemptions. The signed City order is attached. A document with answers to anticipated questions is at como.gov

 




March 24, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE CRISIS NEGOTIATION TEAM SUCCESSFULLY BRINGS SUBJECT TO SAFETY

 

At approximately 9:27 a.m. on Monday Columbia Police responded to a call of a female, 42 years of age, who was standing and sitting on the safety railing at the top of the Fifth and Walnut Street parking garage. Boone County Joint Communications advised officers that the subject was on the east side of the garage.

Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team were sent to the top of the garage to make contact with the subject. By approximately 11:02 a.m., members of the CNT were able to successfully bring the subject down to safety. 

During the negotiations, access to Sixth and Walnut Street as well as parts of Fifth Street was closed off to traffic. Columbia Police appreciate the patience and cooperation of the public during this incident. 

At this time, there are no additional details to provide. Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident on Route HH Sunday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 58 year old Mark Hershbarger of Columbia was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Route HH and Brown Station Road at around 9:20 a.m. When he started into the intersection he struck a vehicle driven by 37 year old Terry Thomas of Columbia Thomas’ passenger, 37 year old Luci-Lei Thomas was taken by ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. Neither of the drivers was injured.

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

Officials in Schuyler County, Missouri, have issued a State of Emergency as of Monday, March 23, 2020. Following discussion and recommendations from the Schuyler County Health Department, the county commissioners are putting in place some rules and regulations for the county offices only at the Schuyler County Courthouse.

Effective immediately, only one worker per office will be allowed for all county (not state) offices in the Schuyler County Courthouse until at least the end of business day on April 6, 2020, and no public access to the county offices, with re-evaluation closer to April 6, 2020. The commissioners are allowing individual offices to work from home if applicable and to conduct all business by mail, email and/or phone and fax. The commissioners will not be holding any public meetings until at least April 7, 2020.
All citizens are asked to comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and comply with lawful directions of identified public offices.

 




March 23, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON ORDERS STATEWIDE SOCIAL DISTANCING

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered statewide social distancing according to a release on Saturday to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Some of the requirements in the order include:

  • Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Restaurants are not to seat any dine-in customers
  • Nursing homes, long term care facilites, retirement homes, and assisted living communities may not admit any visitors other than those that provide critical assistance
  • All Missouri schools are closed until further notice

The order does make exceptions for grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks provided that precautions are taken to reduce transmission of the virus including keeping customers at least six feet away from each other. The order went into effect at midnight Sunday.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN THE COUNTY

 

The Adair County Health Department reported the first confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in the county Saturday. The positive case is travel related.

The patient was in Chicago and first had exposure, then traveled to Kirksville by car. While traveling, the patient developed symptoms and immediately upon returning to Kirksville went under self-quarantine.

Health officials are working with the person to ensure compliance with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines with regard to isolation and in identifying close contacts with other individuals to monitor them for symptoms. The Adair County Health Department is also working with Complete Family Medicine which is providing medical oversight for this patient.

The Adair County Health Department upon a review of the facts believes the risk of community spread from this positive test result is minimal, but we must work together, practice social distancing, and work to avoid spread within the community. If you have questions about COVID-19, please remember to refer to updated CDC guidelines.

Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, advises that residents continue to take the following measures to reduce transmission of the disease:

  • If you feel sick, stay at home and call your doctor. Do not go to work. Do not go anywhere. If you are having difficulty breathing and/or chest pain, call 911.
  • If your children are sick, keep them home and call their doctor.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible. If you have to go to work, ask your employer about taking steps to protect your health, including taking temperatures of employees and putting more space between them.
  • Avoid travel, shopping trips, and social visits unless they’re absolutely necessary.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces often.

 




Weekend Report- March 21-22, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Montgomery City man was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:40pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Timothy Proffitt was on Boonslick Road when he swerved to avoid hitting an abandoned vehicle, causing his car to overturn and travel off the roadway.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Cole County.  67 year old Richard Mollahan of Rochester, IL was on US 54 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his truck to run off the right side of the road and strike several trees.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 

MAN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A De Soto man was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Jefferson County.  66 year old Harley Hedley was on Highway V when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a curve sign and then some trees.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

  




March 20, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON REPORTS FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH IN STATE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the first reported coronavirus death in the state has occurred in Boone County. Parson did not provide further details on the patient during a Wednesday press conference with reporters. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related. Concerns about the coronavirus have prompted Missouri's governor to push back local elections for two months, forced the closure of one of the state's most iconic landmarks and led St. Louis' mayor to warn about possible community spread. 24 cases have now been confirmed in Missouri.

 

GEOTECHNICAL TESTS WILL OCCASIONALLY CLOSE LANES ON I-70

 

Motorists traveling along Interstate 70 will see some activity at the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport over the next several weeks. As part of preparations for the construction of the new bridge, contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation will be gathering geo-technical data and survey information. The tests, which involve drilling holes beneath the surface, will provide valuable information about the area’s rock and soil stability.

This process will require occasional lane closures while work takes place along the roadway and in the median. A single lane of westbound Interstate 70 will be closed at various locations on or near the bridge Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Signs will be in place to alert motorists to the closures. Drivers are asked to slow down, pay attention and use caution through the work zone for the protection of themselves, other drivers and crews working along the road.

While no exact timeline has been established for the new bridge, construction is expected to begin in 2022. Work is weather permitting and could be delayed.

 

 




March 19, 2020

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN BOONE COUNTY

 

At a press conference on Tuesday, March 17, officials from City of Columbia, Boone County and MU Health Care announced the first positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County. The individual, who is in their sixties and recently traveled outside of the United States, is self-isolated in their home and is modeling good behavior since the onset of symptoms.
Staff members from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) have been in contact with the patient and identified people who have had close contacts with the patient. Staff members will continue to follow-up with those persons. PHHS provided guidance and recommendations to keep the patient isolated and will continue to monitor the patient through the full period of isolation. The patient will be on home isolation until symptom free and two negative tests that are 24 hours apart.
As a result of the positive case, PHHS Director Stephanie Browning signed an order (Order 2020-01) related to gatherings to reduce the potential of disease spread between individuals.
At this time, the order limits public gatherings to no more than 50 people. The limit is 50 percent of their normal capacity or 50 people, whichever is less, including staff. This includes restaurants, retail food facilities, entertainment venues, and gym and fitness facilities. There is also a limit on gathering or events with persons at highest risk to 10 people. 
This does not include cafeterias, commissaries, restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities, adult detention facilities and juvenile justice facilities, grocery stores, farmers markets, pharmacies, food banks or crisis shelters.  
PHHS asks that all community members practice social distancing as much as possible. An effective community response is an all community response. Browning emphasis that we all have a role in protecting ourselves and our community. Some of best things that each one of us can do include:


·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

 

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

·         Stay home when you are sick.

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE CHASE IN LEWIS COUNTY

 

A northern Missouri man is behind bars following a police chase that ended with a drug bust. On Friday, while on patrol in the Williamstown area, a Lewis County sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle without license plates on Highway E, and began following the vehicle. The driver attempted to evade the deputy by traveling on a county road. The deputy observed the passenger, later identified as Douglas Howes, 48, of Hannibal, Missouri, throw something out the window. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy found drug paraphernalia and a baggie containing methamphetamine along the gravel road. Howes was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, and taken to the Lewis County Jail. Howes is a convicted felon who has been in jail for possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, and manufacture of controlled substances. He remains at the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant.

 

 

 

 




March 18, 2020

 

GOV. PARSON ANNOUNCES APRIL 7 MUNICIPAL ELLECTIONS POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2 IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 

Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson on Wednesday signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7 to be postponed to June 2.

The Executive Order declares that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot. 

“Given the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and the large number of people elections attract, postponing Missouri’s municipal elections is a necessary step to help combat the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of Missouri voters,” Governor Parson said. “Postponing an election is not easy, but we are all in this together. We are thankful to Secretary Ashcroft and our 116 election authorities for their leadership, cooperation, and commitment to doing what is best for their communities during this time.”

“I deeply appreciate Governor Parson’s quick approval and am thankful to the local election authorities – your county clerks and boards of election – who have worked through developing health concerns to find a unified and secure means of implementing our next election,” Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said. “Missouri has 116 separate election authorities, almost all who are elected in their own right, and we have come together to help protect Missouri voters. These are difficult times, but I am grateful for how we have responded, worked together and come to a resolution that helps every single Missouri voter.”

 

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Columbia City Council unanimously passed a resolution at their regular meeting on Monday, March 16, supporting the declaration of a state of emergency within the city. The resolution includes calling for proactive measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare; expressing support for and calling upon City Manager John Glascock and Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning to enact regulations to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
The resolution passed by Council gives Glascock and Browning the support to implement various measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community but the potential measures listed in the resolution have not been enacted at the time of this release. Following the passage of the resolution, Glascock signed the formal declaration of emergency. 
At this time, no private entities are being required to close, but social distancing is highly encouraged. In the coming days and weeks, Glascock and Browning will methodically determine what rules and regulations will apply during this ever-changing situation. The goal is to keep the COVID-19 virus from rapid spread within our community.  When a rule goes into effect it will be in writing and issued by either Glascock or Browning.
While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County at the time of this release, local leaders are preparing in the event that there is a local confirmed case. Glascock and Browning will continue their consistent communication with other City department directors, local leaders, residents and businesses to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of our community.
The City of Columbia created an enhanced information section on CoMo.gov that has information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information will be added as it becomes available about potential operation changes and other updates. The site can be found here: 
CoMo.gov/Coronavirus.

 




March 17, 2020

 

CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS:

 

The Montgomery City Knights of Columbus-Immaculate Conception Home and School are canceling their remaining fish fries to protect the public from possible exposure to Coronavirus.  

 

The Montgomery County USDA Service Center has decided to cancel the Open House previously scheduled for Thursday.

 

FOUR INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Four people were injured, two seriously, in an accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 63 Monday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 27 year old Stacie Pope of Maryland Heights, Missouri was northbound on U.S. 63 two miles south of Moberly at around 10:24 Monday morning.  At that time a vehicle driven by 80 year old Kenneth Huntsman of Moberly was attempting to cross the highway from County Road 2715.  Pope’s vehicle struck Huntsman’s in the driver’s side. Pope and her passenger, 29 year old Gorbachez Foreman of St. Louis, were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.  Huntsman and his passenger, 71 year old Donna Huntsman of Moberly, were taken by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

 

A Fulton man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Callaway County.  26 year old Cameron McKinney was on County Road 437 when he lost control of his homemade vehicle while navigating a curve, slid off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




March 16, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Wright City man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 3:45pm Sunday in Warren County.  34 year old Mark Snyder was on Route T when an unknown vehicle traveled into his lane, he attempted to avoid a collision and his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A New Haven woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Franklin County.  41 year old Dorothy Sharpe was on Route E when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a driveway and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A St. Charles driver was hurt in an early Monday morning crash in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 30 year old Tasha Lawson was westbound on I-70 when her truck went off the left side of the roadway, striking the median cables, then went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




March 13, 2020

 

KANSAS CITY BANS PUBLIC EVENTS OF MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE

 

Kansas City is banning all public events with more than 1,000 people as cancellations mounted around the state because of concerns over the new coronavirus. 
Mayor Quinton Lucas made the announcement Thursday, shortly after organizers cancelled a St. Patrick's Day parade. 
St. Louis and Springfield also canceled their parades. 
Universities also have been calling off classes, while Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said on Twitter late Wednesday that the chamber was canceling its session next week. 
The German agribusiness giant Bayer AG has reopened a suburban St. Louis campus after an employee who was tested for the new coronavirus found out the results were negative.

 

STATEWIDE SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES TEENS TO BUCKLE UP

 

Law enforcement will be out in full force March 15 -31 to help improve teen seat belt use and save lives. Is your seat belt on? Seat Belt Check! Buckle Up! This year’s campaign theme, “Seat Belt Check!” reminds us to hold each other accountable and make a seat belt check before the car starts. Wearing a seat belt is your best defense in a traffic crash so make sure you and everyone in your vehicle are buckled up. Everyone, every trip, every time. “A car crash poses the single greatest threat to injuring or killing our youth, yet only 74% of Missouri’s teens buckle up” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer. “We hope through a combination of statewide education and enforcement efforts, we can really drive the message home. Driving or riding without a seat belt is simply not worth the risk of interrupting all there is to enjoy about being a teenager.”

 




March 12, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIALS ACTIVATE CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE

 

State health officials activated a new Coronavirus hotline on Wednesday.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the hotline is being operated by medical professionals and will provide a variety of information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  You can call the hotline at 877-435-8411. 

 

TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND MIZZOU SUSPEND IN-PERSON CLASSES

 

Truman State University and the University of Missouri have joined the list of colleges that have suspended in-person classes due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.  Truman is on spring break this week and will not conduct in-person classes next week to try to limit potential exposure to the virus.  University offices on the Kirksville campus will remain open, while Pickler Memorial Library, the Student Recreation Center and Pershing Arena will remain closed next week. Students are not to return to campus, but they are reminded that it is not an extension of spring break.  Professors will be in contact with regarding remote classwork for the week.  Truman officials say this is a precautionary measure during a developing situation.  There are no cases of the virus on the Truman Campus and the general student population is not among the known high-risk groups. 

The University of Missouri has cancelled in-person classes for the rest of this week and the university has asked its faculty to plan to teach remotely next week.  The Mizzou campus will then go on spring break the following week, returning to campus on March 30th.  All non-essential university events have been cancelled through March 29th as well.  Mizzou officials also stress that there have been no cases of the virus on campus, although some students and faculty were told to stay home after attending a journalism conference in New Orleans where an infected person was also participating. 

Lincoln University in Jefferson City has extended its spring break for another week in response to coronavirus concerns.  Lincoln students will return to class on March 23rd

As of Wednesday night, Missouri still had just one confirmed case of the virus, a St. Louis County woman who recently returned from a trip to Italy

 




March 11, 2020

 

MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING CLASSMATE IN 1991 DENIED BOND

 

A 43-year-old Missouri man charged with killing his 14-year-old classmate in 1991 has been denied bond after a prosecutor said people connected to the case might be in danger if he was released. William Christopher Niemet, of Fulton, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg Jones, whose body was found in June 1991 near Russellville. He has pleaded not guilty. At a hearing Monday, Niemet's attorney, Curtis Hanrahan, asked that Niemet be given $100,000 bond but a judge rejected that request. Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said some people with ties to the case believed they would be in danger if Niemet was released on bond.

 

TWO NEMO COUNTIES SENT TWO COVID-19 TEST KITS EACH

 

Health officials told KTVO Monday that the U.S. has sent Adair and Scotland counties two COVID-19 test kits for each county. During a meeting in Memphis on Monday, Scotland County Hospital officials said the federal government had supplied them with a total of two test kits for the virus that causes COVID-19. When asked Monday afternoon, health officials at the Adair County Department gave the same count. The test kits enable local governments to test patients suspected of carrying the virus. As of late Monday evening, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of 26 people in the U.S. The Adair County Health Department in Kirksville added that some standard medical laboratory companies are accepting test samples for COVID-19. The tests would be subject to normal billing, making it an out-of-pocket expense for uninsured patients. Your doctor will determine whether or not you need to get a sample taken.

The Adair County Health Department confirmed that no cases of the virus have been detected in the county and that no patients are suspected of carrying it at this time.

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED IN IOWA FOR TRYING TO STEAL MOTORCYCLE

 

A northeast Missouri man is in trouble with the law in southeast Iowa. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Jimmie Holliday, 66, of Unionville, Missouri, was arrested in the early morning hours of Tuesday in Corydon, Iowa. Chief Deputy David Lewis told KTVO Holliday was caught trying to steal a motorcycle from a residence in the 300 block of West North Street. The suspect is now charged with second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance, which was a prescription sleep aid. Holliday also faces charges of driving while suspended and driving without insurance. He is being held in the Wayne County Jail on $5,000 bond.




March 10, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 9:15pm Monday in Taney County.  The patrol says that 42 year old Jose Colon of Lampe, MO was on MO 86 ½ mile southeast of Hollister when his truck ran off the roadway into a residential building.  He was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

 

TWO INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

Two people from St. Louis were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in St. Louis County.  22 year old Naftali Manuel was eastbound on I-70 and driving too fast for road conditions when he lost control of his car and it traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete median barrier.  He sustained moderate injuries while his passenger 21 year old Mykalya Lennox suffered minor injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT AFTER DEER RUNS INTO HER VEHICLE

 

A woman was hurt after a deer incident Monday morning in Callaway County.  The report states that 69 year old Mona James of Buffalo, MO was on US 63 when a deer ran into her vehicle, striking the windshield and causing it to shatter.  She was taken to Capital Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 




March 9, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Festus woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:30pm Sunday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 30 year old Rebecca Waugh was on West Rock Creek Road when she lost control of her vehicle and it overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN KILLED, MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A woman was killed and a man was injured in a Sunday night crash in Jefferson County.  78 year old Jean Breckle of Cedar Hill was on Highway 30 making a left turn onto Cedar Hill Road when she pulled into the path of a truck driven by 38 year old Ronald Lalk of House Springs and their vehicles collided.  She was pronounced dead at the scene while the man was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Thursday, March 5 at approximately 8:55PM, Audrain County Joint Communications received a call from a person who stated the word “Walmart” then stated the words, “bomb, bomb,” and disconnected.  The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to Walmart and confirmed with staff that the business had not received any threats and there had been no suspicious activity.  Responding personnel and staff checked the building and there was no indication there was any actual danger.  There were no injuries from the incident and the investigation into who called is ongoing.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or 9573) 581-2100.

 




Weekend Report- March 7-8, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Jefferson City man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in St. Francois County.  21 year old Garrett Mason was on Highway D when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck 2 signs and overturned.  He was taken to Parkland Health Center in Farmington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A St. Louis driver was hurt in a crash early Saturday morning in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that a Ford Explorer driven by 44 year old Steven Lucas of Sunset Hill was merging onto Lindbergh Blvd. when it struck the right side of a car driven by John Matteucci of St. Louis.  The St. Louis man was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Rolla man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 5am Saturday in Franklin County.  41 year old Michael Callahan was on Highway 100 when he swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, overcorrected, causing his vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway, overturn and strike a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 




March 6, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE E WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 9-13, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route CC to Pine Knot for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E – Mar. 16-17, road will be closed from Pine Knot to Montgomery County Route O for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA MAN WHO PLANNED A TERRORIST ATTACK HAS BEEN SENTENCED

 

A 28-year-old Missouri man who admitted plotting a terrorist attack in Kansas City has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in September to providing material support or resources to terrorists. Hester, of Columbia, was charged in February 2017 with helping to plan an attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. Prosecutors said he thought he was working with ISIS terrorists but his contacts were actually undercover federal agents. Hester provided materials such as nails and duct tape that he believed would be used to create bombs.

 

MODOT TO CONDUCT ROUTINE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE IN BOONE COUNTY

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will conduct routine bridge maintenance that will close two sections of Boone County Route F: 

 

Monday, March 9: Over Perche Creek, north of Porter Road.

 

Tuesday, March 10: Over Coon Creek, north of Stidham Road.

 

Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. Each road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers while the work takes place.

 

 




March 5, 2020

 

HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING

 

A medical helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing south of Moberly and close to Clark, near highway 63 and route B, in southern Randolph County Wednesday evening.  According to authorities an Air-Evac helicopter was transporting a patient from Kirksville to Columbia when the helicopter had a mechanical issue resulting in the emergency. None of the 4 people on board at the time, the patient or the three crew members were injured as a result of the incident. First responders quickly worked to prepare a landing area so a second helicopter based out of the Moberly Air-Evac base could land and finish transporting the patient. The patrol said the craft did have some damage as a result of the landing. While the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, the company is conducting their own investigation and the FAA and Federal Transportation Safety board has been notified.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN OVERNIGHT CRASH IN CLAY COUNTY

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident in Clay County early Wednesday morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 23 year old Jazmen Groves of Columbia was southbound on I-435 at the I-35 intersection just after midnight Wednesday. At that time, her vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier. Groves was taken by KC Fire to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS TO HOST COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON CORONAVIRUS

 

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece will host a community briefing and press conference Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m., to discuss the area's combined efforts in planning and responding to the coronavirus. The briefing will include remarks from Mayor Treece, Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning, University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and MU Health Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stevan Whitt. The briefing will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.  All members of the media and community are invited to attend. The briefing will be live-streamed at http://gocolumbiamo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=4ae03cbf-2aad-488e-b06a-906c5f1bb378




March 4, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE E WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 4-6, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route CC for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 9-13, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route CC to Pine Knot for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES REVAMPED VOTER ID LAW

 

The Republican-led Missouri House has passed a revamped version of a Missouri voter photo identification law that was gutted by the state Supreme Court. Judges in January permanently blocked a central provision of the 2016 voter identification law that required voters without a photo ID to make a sworn statement in order to cast a regular ballot. The Republican-led state House in response on Monday voted 109-45 for a bill that would give voters two options: either show a photo ID to cast a regular ballot or cast a provisional ballot.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN’S LAWYER SPEAKS ON CLIENT’S MURDER CONVICTION

 

With the high-profile murder trial of Danny Welte now over, we're hearing from his defense attorney for the first time.  In light of overwhelming evidence against the Kirksville man, Welte's lawyer, Charlie James, says that after the fact his team's goal throughout the trial was to avoid a first-degree murder conviction. The defense also argued for Welte to be convicted of manslaughter, but James admits, the chances for that outcome were slim. Judge Steele will weigh evidence from both the Prosecution and the Defense, as well as a report from the State Board of Probation and Parole, before sentencing Welte. May 4th is the scheduled date for the sentencing hearing.

 




March 3, 2020

 

MODOT ANNOUNCES BRIDGE PROJECT CLOSING ROUTE 63 IN COLUMBIA

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be fixing a bridge joint on northbound U.S. Route 63 over Interstate 70 in Columbia this week. The work began on Sunday night as the passing lane of the northbound Route 63 bridge over I-70 was closed to traffic. One lane will be open at all times to traffic. The work is expected to be completed by Wednesday. There will be signage in place to warn drivers of the closed lane ahead. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution, and pay attention in the work zone. Work is weather permitting, and could be delayed. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

 

MORE THAN 800 APPEALS FILED OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSING

 

More than 800 appeals have been filed by companies that were denied state permits to grow, sell or distribute medical marijuana in Missouri. As part of the process to launch Missouri's new medical marijuana program, the state received 2,266 marijuana business applications filed by at least 700 different groups. It awarded 60 licenses to grow marijuana, 86 to make marijuana-infused products and 192 to open dispensaries. The state's Administrative Hearing Commission had received 845 appeals of those denials by Friday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has hired three outside lawyers to help the state's legal team review all the appeals.

 

MAN INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Hermann man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 3pm Monday in Gasconade County.  23 year old Joshua Vance was on MO 19 when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway, struck a utility pole and a tree.  He was taken to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 




March 2, 2020

 

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 4:20pm Sunday in Osage County.  The patrol says that 79 year old Bobbie Copeland and his passenger 72 year old Phyliss Copeland of Vienna, MO were on US 63 when their vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a metal post and overturned, struck another metal post and a building.  She was pronounced dead at the scene while the man was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CRASH

 

An O’Fallon man was hurt in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in St. Charles County.  36 year old Korey Kintz was riding his motorcycle on Highway N when he failed to stop at a stop sign, swerved to avoid an unknown vehicle and was ejected from the motorcycle.  He was transported to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

BODY OF MISSING NEMO MAN FOUND

 

A missing northeast Missouri man has been found dead. According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Harrison Charles Vessell, 22, of Hannibal, was found deceased on Saturday. Authorities say Vessell left his residence on West Ely in Hannibal, Mo., on foot just before midnight on Monday, February 17. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun. The next day, an Endangered Person Advisory was issued for Vessell.

Prior to leaving his home, he left a note that contained suicidal statements. Further contact was made via text message with an acquaintance, but then his cell was reported to not be functioning. On Saturday, Vessell was found deceased by search parties and located within the city limits of Hannibal. Our sister station, KHQA reports that Marion County Coroner Richard Jones pronounced Vessell dead at 1:36 p.m. The investigation was conducted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Hannibal Police Department. No foul play is suspected and authorities say this is an isolated incident.

 




March 1, 2020

 

MAN AND WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A man and a woman from Blue Springs were injured in an accident that occurred at 2:20pm Saturday in Cooper County.  The patrol says that 42 year old Robert Meier and his passenger 43 year old Jamie Meier were riding a Harley Davidson Tri-Glide motorcycle on Highway 41 when he failed to negotiate a turn, causing the motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting both from it.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Fulton man was hurt in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning in Cole County.  39 year old Travis Adkerson was on US 50 when his motorcycle ran off the left side of the road, struck a pavement edge and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to SSM St. Mary’s for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Sullivan teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County.  18 year old Cailie Ann Head was on Hardecke Road when her Jeep traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  She was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment of minor injuries.

 




February 28, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE E WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 4-6, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route CC for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 9-13, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route CC to Pine Knot for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is asking for the public's help regarding a sexual assault investigation in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Last month, Carl Mort, 41, and Cassandra Wedeking, 39, of Overland Park, Kansas, were formally charged by the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney with 1st degree rape, four counts of sodomy, and drug charges. 
The charges were the result of an ongoing investigation in the entire Lake of the Ozarks region, including Camden, Miller, and Morgan counties.
Investigators from the Division of Drug and Crime Control are requesting anyone who has information about any sexual assaults that may have occurred over the past five years in the Lake of the Ozarks region to please come forward. Both a male and a female suspect may have befriended the victim(s), provided alcohol/drugs before or after taking them to a boat, and then sexually assaulted them.
If you are a victim, possible witness, or can provide any further information about the potential crime(s) described, please contact the MSHP Troop F Criminal Unit at telephone number 573-526-6329, ext. 3632.

 

 




February 27, 2020

 

BOONVILLE WOMAN DIES IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT ON I-70

 

A Boonville woman is dead after an accident on I-70 in Cooper County Wednesday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 35 year old Chantel Winfield of Boonville was westbound on I-70 just east of the 114.6 mile marker at around 6:30 Wednesday morning when she lost control of the car on a patch of ice.  The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete barrier then returned to the road.  While back on the road, Winfield made an attempt to exit her vehicle while it was moving and it continued off the right side of the road.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cooper County Coroner.

 

TRIAL FOR KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE BEGAN TUESDAY

 

After pleading not guilty, the Kirksville man charged with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife will get what he requested: a trial by jury.

Danny Welte is accused of murdering his wife, Echo Leanne Welte, in the Kirksville Days Inn parking lot on November 17th, 2016. Welte faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

His trial started Tuesday morning with jury selection in Adair County Circuit Court.

Police said in a 2016 probable cause statement that Danny Welte shot Echo Leanne in the back of the head with a handgun, then he fled the scene. Welte’s daughter told police on the scene that Welte called her afterward, apologizing.

Security cameras recorded the killing on video. Both Welte and a witness who tried to stop Echo’s death gave authorities a story that matches the security camera footage.

Jurors are expected to view evidence including the security video, which shows Echo’s death, during the course of the trial.  Judge Russell Steele told the room that researching the case outside of the trial as a juror would be a Class A misdemeanor under Missouri law. Seven men and seven women were selected to serve on the jury.

 

HUGE TRANSFORMER ESCORTED ON US 63 FROM LAPLATA TO QUEEN CITY

 

A piece of equipment so large it required traffic control and a law enforcement escort made its way through northern Missouri on Wednesday. A massive transformer arrived in La Plata by rail and was then loaded onto a large multiple-axle trailer. It was hauled north on Highway 63 through Kirksville to Schuyler County Route O in Queen City. The Missouri State Highway Patrol provided an escort for the massive transformer, which measures 12’ wide by 13.5’ high by 30’ long. It will be put in place as part of the High Prairie Wind Farm project. It was being transported to a new substation along Route O where it will be connected to a new transmission line. This is part of the wind farm being developed by Terra-Gen. Motorists along Highway 63 had some minor delays due to the huge shipment making its way through. La Plata Fire and Rescue helped blocked Highway 63 in La Plata for a while. Those on the scene said they had never seen anything so massive on the road. Kirksville police also provided traffic control on Highway 63 in Kirksville. Sergeant Tom Rohn, who was part of Wednesday's escort, cautioned that northeast Missouri motorists should be aware as those in charge of the wind farm continue to haul in more wide loads in the coming weeks.

 




February 26, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE SECOND ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

 

Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in connection to a deadly shooting, which occurred during a home invasion earlier this month. 25 year old Justin Shelton was taken into custody Monday night on suspicion of second-degree murder.  20 year old Grace Avery was arrested in the same case last Friday.  Court documents connect the two to the shooting death of Joseph Taylor, during a home invasion on February 5th Shelton is being held without bond as the investigation continues.    

 

MILAN MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER       

 

A Milan man has been charged with murder in connection with a December death.  32 year old Luke Hunsaker, of Milan, was arrested Tuesday.  He has been charged with second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance.  Milan Police say Hunsaker is accused of distributing a drug that resulted in the death of a victim in Milan on December 24th He is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

POLICE RELEASE NAME OF KIRKSVILLE CRASH VICTIM 

 

Kirksville Police have released the names of the drivers involved in a fatal traffic crash, which occurred in Kirksville on Monday.  28 year old Monica Steele, of Kirksville, died from injuries sustained in the collision at the Highway 63/Route 6 intersection.  Investigators say Steele was driving an SUV northbound on 63 when a tractor-trailer, driven by 49 year old John Blenz, of Kingman, Kansas, attempted a left turn into her path.  Blenz was treated for minor injuries. 

 




February 25, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE MONDAY MORNING ASSAULT

 

Columbia Police investigated an assault that took place in the downtown Columbia post office early Monday morning. At approximately 1:36 a.m., Feb. 24, CPD was notified that a man had been assaulted with a pole at 511 E. Walnut St., inside the lobby of the U.S. Post office located in downtown Columbia. The victim was reported to have left the U.S. Post office and walked to the Columbia Police Department after the assault. Officers made contact with the man in the lobby of the police department and emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the victim to a hospital to treat life-threatening injuries.

Eddie B. Linzie, 43, of Columbia, was arrested for assault in the first degree and armed criminal action. Linzie remains in custody at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

This is an ongoing investigation, and there is no additional information to release at this time. Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MISSOURI BILL LOOKS TO DECREASE TEEN SUICIDE RATE

 

According to the United Health Foundation, the rate of teen suicide last year reached ten per 100,000 teenagers. However, in Missouri, about 15 out of every 100,000 teens died by suicide. State representatives in Missouri are looking to reduce that number.

Members of the House have discussed a bill that would allow unaccompanied minors to enter into their own mental health contracts. One strong supporter of the bill is Mary Chant. Chant is the Executive Director of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies.

Chant is a strong supporter of the bill and believes it will combat the serious situations that unaccompanied minors face. The bill is sponsored by Representative Patricia Pike of Adrian, Missouri.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Friday, February 21 at approximately 7:58AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of W Breckenridge in reference to a burglary that had just occurred.  Responding personnel found evidence that John S Kelly, Jr., forced his way into a home in that block at a time he thought no one would be home.  Kelly took some property that was evidence in another crime he is being investigated for.  There are currently court orders of protection in place stating Kelly was to not be at the address or have contact with the residents.  At approximately 1:30PM, Kelly was arrested for the offense.  He was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Burglary 1st degree, Violation of an Order of Protection, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 




February 24, 2020

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO 1991 KILLING OF RUSSELLVILLE BOY

 

Authorities say a suspect is in custody in the 1991 killing of a 15-year-old central Missouri boy. Cole County authorities announced the arrest Friday but provided few other details about the suspect in the death of Greg Jones, of Russellville. The suspect's name is not being released because of his age at the time of the death. Jones went missing in April 1991 and his remains were found in June of that year. Authorities said they would not comment further until the case is reviewed by county juvenile authorities.

 

MOBERLY TEEN ARRESTED AFTER LEADING AUTHORITIES ON MANHUNT

 

A north Missouri teen is behind bars accused of fleeing from authorities, almost running over a sheriff's deputy and prompting a manhunt. Triston Paul Rainer, 18, of rural Moberly, was taken into custody just before noon on Friday on a warrant for felony assault and felony resisting arrest.
The charges stem from an incident Thursday night in Moberly when authorities say Rainer fled from deputies as they attempted to stop his truck for careless driving.
 
From Moberly, they ended up south of Huntsville on County Road 2160. During the incident, a deputy was almost hit by Rainer's truck.
Officers with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Moberly Police Department searched for Rainer after he abandoned his truck on County Road 2435. He was located and arrested just before noon Friday along that same road.

Rainer is being held on $150,000 cash-only bond.

 

KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is working to investigate a burglary. According to NEMO News, that incident was reported south of Hurdland on Friday, February 14. Thousand of dollars worth of property was allegedly stolen from a lodge and nearby shop on Wednesday, February 12. NEMO News says stolen items include shoulder mount deer heads, a full-body turkey mount, pelts, an antique shotgun, 50-inch television, Lincoln arc welder and other miscellaneous tools. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff's Office at (660)397-2186.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- February 22-23, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Moscow Mills man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:30am Friday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that a freightliner driven by 53 year old Marcus Johnson of Memphis, TN and a car driven by 26 year old James McInroy were westbound on I-70 when they both entered a construction zone and the freightliner stopped abruptly causing the front of the car to strike the rear of the freightliner’s towed unit.  McInroy was transported by Air Evac to SSM Health DePaul Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

An O’Fallon teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in St. Charles County.  A 16 year old boy was on Missouri 370 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, went down a hill, struck a guardrail and overturned onto Harry S. Truman Boulevard.  He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

 

An Imperial woman was injured in a Thursday morning crash in Jefferson County.  35 year old Kristine Jones was on Highway W when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Clare Hospital for treatment.

 




February 21, 2020

 

COLUMBIA MAN NOW CHARGED IN MISSING WIFE CASE

 

The American husband of a 28-year-old Chinese woman who has been missing since October is now charged with first-degree murder in her death, even though her body hasn't been found.

Joseph Elledge, of Columbia, Missouri was charged Wednesday in the death of Mengqi Ji. Prosecutors are seeking a $5 million cash-only bond.

A probable cause statement says Elledge did not contact anyone about his wife's disappearance for more than 24 hours and during that time took two drives to rural areas where a body could be disposed of. Authorities have been searching for Ji's body in the Lamine River near Boonville.

 

LEWIS COUNTY MAN, ALREADY ON PROBATION, ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

 

A northeast Missouri man, already on probation, is in trouble with the law once again.

On Sunday, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Steven Clay, 44, of La Belle, Missouri, on one count of burglary in the 2nd degree, a class D felony.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible order of protection violation in La Belle involving Clay. When deputies arrived, Clay was located and taken into custody. 

Upon investigation, it was found Clay had entered the residence unlawfully and subsequently was arrested for burglary. Clay is currently under the supervision of the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole for previous felony convictions in the Lewis County Courts. Clay pled guilty on January 6, 2020 to property damage of the same residence where he was located on February 16, and received 180 days in the Lewis County Jail. That sentence was suspended and he was given supervised probation. Clay remains in the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant pending a court appearance.

 

PREPARED FOODS COMPANY TO BUILD NEW FACILITY IN MOBERLY

 

A north Missouri town received some great economic news this week. Plumrose USA, a prepared foods and packaged meat company, is planning to build a new bacon facility that will produce ready-to-eat, fully cooked bacon in Moberly. The facility is expected to bring nearly 200 new jobs to the region. In a release from Missouri Partnership, Plumrose USA cited Moberly’s strategic location, as well as support from the community and the state, as key reasons for the decision to expand in the area.

 




February 20, 2020

 

PHOTO OF SECOND SUSPECT RELEASED IN MEMPHIS STOLEN PART CASE

 

A northeast Missouri sheriff's office is still trying to identify two men who stole an expensive part off of a farm tractor. On Wednesday, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office released a surveillance photo of the second suspect wanted in connection with Tuesday morning's crime outside Memphis. Whitney said the surveillance pictures are from a Casey's General Store in Schuyler County. The images were captured about 40 minutes before the duo carried out their crime. Whitney said the two men arrived at Ed's Machinery on Highway 136 just west of Memphis, Missouri, on Tuesday morning. Just after 8 a.m., one of them asked to test drive a tractor. He then drove the tractor to County Road 601 approximately half a mile away. At that location, the tractor's rear power take-off and housing were removed and stolen. The thieves then drove away from the scene in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck. The total value of the stolen property is around $3,500. Anyone with information about this crime or the men involved is asked to call Scotland County Sheriff's Office at (660) 465-2106. The photos of both men are available at ktvo.com

 

WANTED SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER BEING SPOTTED AT MOBERLY BUSINESS

 

On Monday at 8:00 PM officers with the Moberly Police Department responded to Bratcher’s Market, 301 S Morley St, after receiving a tip of wanted person, Jack Cox, being present at the business. Officers were aware two active Randolph County warrants existed for Cox. As officers arrived they made contact with Cox who was exiting the business. Cox was placed under arrest for two active warrants;

During a search of Cox officers located drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine use. Cox was unable to post the required $50,000 cash only bond related to his existing warrants and was transported to the Randolph County Jail.

Officers later responded back to Bratcher’s Market in reference to a report of stealing. It was determined Cox and a second male in his company at the time of this arrest stole groceries from the business just prior to officers’ arrival. 

Additional charges related to stealing and possession of drug paraphernalia will be forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for formal filing.

 

HOUSE HEARING INVOLVES BILL TO OVERTURN MISSOURI BAIL RULES

 

On February 19, 2020, the Missouri House Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding House Bill 1937. Its purpose is to overturn the bail rules that were adopted by the Missouri Supreme Court in July 2019. The new bail rules that were implemented in July were intended to prevent nonviolent offenders from being stuck in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. The American Bail Association and other critics have noted an unwelcome effect of the legislation. They say that these rules severely limit the ability of judges to impose monetary conditions for pretrial release and have all but eliminated the use of bail as an option. The coalition and other critics have pointed to a significant increase in violent crime, including several high-profile incidents involving defendants released by criminal courts without having to post bail.

The chair of the committee pointed out that there is some disconnect in terms of what the rules appear to say and how the rules are being applied in local jurisdictions.

A vote on this legislation will occur sometime in the next few weeks.

 

 

  

 




February 19, 2020

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH JANUARY ROBBERY

 

A Columbia man has now been charged in a robbery that took place late last month.

According to police, 23 year old Austin Turner admitted to family and a friend that he took part in a robbery at the University of Missouri on January 31st. Turner is being charged with first degree robbery in connection to the incident.  The robbery happened on Hitt Street near the Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Missouri According to MUPD, the victim reported being robbed by two men, including one with a knife, who punched him and took his cellphone. The victim told police he chased the robbers and one of them dropped his cellphone, MUPD reported. The robbers reportedly told the victim they had a gun. Turner is being held on 100,000 dollars bond.

 

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MARION COUNTY MAN

 

An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued by the Marion County, Mo., Sheriff's Office. Harrison Charles Vessell, 22, is 5'9" tall, weighing 213 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey coat with blue jeans and black shoes. Vessell left his residence on West Ely in Hannibal, Mo., on foot just before midnight on Monday, Feb. 17. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun. Prior to leaving, Vessell left a note indicating suicidal statements. Further contact was made via text message with an acquaintance, but his cell phone is reported to not be functioning at this time. Anyone seeing Harrison Charles Vessell, or anyone having any information related to his location, should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 573-769-2077.

 

PUBLIC HELP NEEDED IN IDENTIFYING TRACTOR PTO THIEF

 

A northeast Missouri sheriff's office is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who stole an expensive part off of a farm tractor. The Scotland County Sheriff's Office said that at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, two men arrived at Ed's Machinery on Highway 136 just west of Memphis, Missouri. One of them asked to test drive a tractor. He then drove the tractor to County Road 601 approximately half a mile away. At that location, the tractor's rear power take-off and housing were removed and stolen. The thieves then drove away from the scene in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck. The total value of the stolen property is around $3,500. Anyone with information about this crime or the men involved is asked to call Scotland County Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney at (660) 465-2106.

 

 




February 18, 2020

 

I-70 CRASH INJURES TWO

 

Two Columbia women were injured after a two vehicle accident on I-70 Sunday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 27 year old Sara McCahon of Columbia was entering I-70 eastbound at the 121.6 mile marker.  The crash report says McCahon’s vehicle came to a complete stop and turned westbound into the eastbound lanes.  Her vehicle was struck head on by a tractor trailer driven by 68 year old Howard Salickram of Orlando, Florida. Both McCahon and her passenger 23 year old Elizabeth McCarthy of Columbia were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. Salickram was not injured.

 

OVERNIGHT FIRE DESTROYS NEMO MOBILE HOME

 

An overnight fire destroyed a mobile home in northeast Missouri. According to the Edina Sentinel, the call came in just after 2:30 a.m. Monday. The home is located near the intersection of Reid and South Fourth streets in Edina. Several agencies responded including the Edina Volunteer Fire Department, Edina Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office and Ameren Missouri. No injuries have been reported. Authorities say the home was unoccupied when the fire started and that the homeowner is currently out of town. The mobile home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY VEHICLE CHASE ENDS IN ARREST IN CLINTON COUNTY

           

A vehicle chase that began in Livingston County Sunday ended in an arrest in Clinton County.  According to a Facebook release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, a vehicle was pulled over in Livingston County on U.S. Highway 36 and the occupants were not cooperating with Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers. The vehicle began to flee the scene. A chase ensued that included officers from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Chillicothe PD and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  The suspect vehicle eluded officers with spike strips and hit high speed while on Highway 36. Livingston County law enforcement disengaged from the chase around Cameron.  The car was eventually stopped in Clinton County where it was revealed to be stolen.  Other evidence including a firearm was seized.  One of the occupants also had multiple arrest warrants.

 

 




February 17, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Foristell man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5pm Sunday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 43 year old Samuel Famous was eastbound on I-70 and following an unknown vehicle too closely when it hit the brakes, causing him to swerve to the left and his car traveled off the road, struck a concrete median wall, returned to the roadway, went off the right side, struck a chain link fence and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

THREE INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

Three people were injured, two seriously in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Jefferson County.  20 year old Dylan Pettus of Pacific, MO was on Lynch Road when his car ran off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to travel into the northbound lanes and collide head-on with a car driven by 52 year old Lilia Gonzalez of House Springs, MO.  Both drivers sustained serious injuries while a passenger in Gonzalez’s car 52 year old Allen Forrester of Dittmer, MO suffered moderate injuries.  All three were taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Marthasville woman was hurt in a Friday morning crash in St. Charles County.  60 year old Kathy Luecker was on Route T when she rounded a curve and the right side tires on her truck dropped off the right edge of the roadway which caused the right rear of it to strike a culvert and overturn.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 




Weekend Report- February 15-16, 2020

 

DRIVER INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Morgan County.  21 year old Dakota Eden of Cole Camp was on MO 135 when his car traveled off the right side of the road, struck a chevron sign and a utility pole before overturning.  He was transported by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An Auxvasse man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 11:30pm Saturday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 42 year old Joshua Heyen was on Route DD when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Fulton Medical Center for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Russellville woman was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Cole County.  24 year old Chelsea Lafferty was on Route C when her car went off the right side of the road while trying to avoid another vehicle and came to rest after striking a utility pole.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




February 14, 2020

 

I-70 BLANCHETTE BRIDGE SCHEDULE STARTING NEXT WEEK

 

Motorists on Interstate 70 should expect possible delays during their commute beginning Monday, Feb. 17 as crews start preparing for the eastbound I-70 Blanchette Bridge rehabilitation project.

During this construction project, there is potential for significant delays crossing the I-70 Blanchette Bridge. Motorists should consider using Route 370, Route 364 and Interstate 64/Route 40 as alternative routes.  Traffic delays are expected during peak travel times from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. eastbound and 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. westbound.

 

Every day between Monday, Feb. 17, through Friday, Feb. 21, crews will close the following:

  • Two eastbound right lanes closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Two westbound right lanes closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

The following week, crews will prepare for the upcoming traffic switch that will move two eastbound lanes onto the westbound bridge. At this time, the westbound bridge will be reduced to three lanes until November 2020 during this time.

Starting at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21:

  • Two left eastbound lanes and two left westbound lanes will be closed overnight for crews to place traffic barrier to prepare for the traffic switch.
  • By 6 a.m. Saturday morning one left lane in both directions will be closed and will remain closed for up to three weeks.

 

During the week of Feb. 24:

  • Crews will have up to two left eastbound lanes closed from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Two left westbound lanes will be closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

For two consecutive weekends starting Friday, March 6 and Friday, March 13:

  • Various lanes will be closed over the weekend to restripe lanes and prepare to switch two eastbound lanes onto the westbound bridge. Westbound traffic will be reduced from five lanes to three lanes during this work.

 

Starting the weekend of Friday, March 13:

  • The on-ramp from Veterans Memorial Parkway to eastbound I-70 will close. This is the ramp just east of the convention center. This ramp will remain closed until November 2020. Drivers wishing to enter eastbound I-70 can use the 5th Street entrance ramp as an alternate route.

Nighttime closures are possible for the Fifth Street ramp to eastbound I-70.

Westbound traffic will return to the original configuration by November 2020.

Additional lane closures during off-peak hours will only impact the eastbound bridge during the 2021 construction season.

The $33 million rehabilitation project awarded to KCI Construction Company will consist of replacing expansion joints, performing steel repairs on the truss and approach spans, and repainting the entire eastbound bridge.

 

All work is weather-permitting and may be shifted due to inclement weather.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A St. Clair man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 3:35am Friday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 33 year old Anthony Heck was on Highway 47 when his truck traveled off the east side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to overturn and travel off the west side of the road, before striking a rock bluff and ejecting him from the truck.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 




February 13, 2020

 

FULTON MAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Fulton man was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:25pm Wednesday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that Kenneth Hall was westbound on I-70 in the left lane passing an unknown tractor trailer when the tractor trailer made a lane change into the left lane, causing Hall’s car to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike the median cable.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Columbia teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Boone County.  19 year old Lane Rose was on Route VV when his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck the ground and overturned several times.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT IN MORGAN COUNTY CRASH

 

A Gravois Mills woman was hurt in a Wednesday night crash in Morgan County.  26 year old Stevie Tye was on MO 5 when her car traveled off the left side of the road and struck a curb.  She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of minor injuries.

 




February 12, 2020

 

FEDERAL FUGITIVE CAUGHT AND ARRESTED AFTER LENGTHY HIGH SPEED CHASE

 

A federal fugitive, who was also wanted in connection with a Linn County armed robbery, led multiple law enforcement agencies on a chase through parts of Livingston, Carroll and Saline Counties before being taken into custody, Tuesday afternoon.  Officers say the suspect, 37 year old Matthew Guilford of Brookfield was known to be armed and dangerous at the time of the pursuit.  They say it reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour at times, on Highway 36 in the Chillicothe area and then southbound down Highway 65, through Carrollton and finally ending near Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, where the suspect was taken into custody.  Authorities say meth was found scattered on the driver’s seat and the interior of Guilford’s pickup and additional contraband was recovered after being thrown from the vehicle during the chase.  Guilford faces a federal warrant and Linn County charges, in addition to multiple charges connected to the pursuit.  Further details are expected to be released on Wednesday.

 

PROPOSED BILL BANS SOME IN STATE TUITION OFFERS

 

A Missouri bill would ban public colleges and universities from offering in-state tuition discounts to students living in the U.S. illegally.

Missouri schools now face losing state funding if they offer those students anything less than the tuition rate charged to international students. That's because of budget restrictions that state lawmakers have enacted in recent years.

Suburban St. Louis Republican Sen. Bob Onder's bill would enshrine that budget policy in law.

Critics say the cost of international tuition creates barriers for those students to attend college and could push them to leave Missouri.

 

OREGON MAN ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGES AFTER I-70 TRAFFIC STOP

 

An Oregon man is facing multiple charges following a vehicle stop on Interstate 70 in Cooper County. The vehicle was stopped for speeding and lane violations. 
Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 Rony helped find 45 lbs. of marijuana inside a suitcase and plastic totes. Ecstasy and other pills were also seized.
The online arrest report states the man is being charged with Delivery of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance - Pills (3 Adderall pills, 3.5 Xanax pills, 2 Amphetamine pills, and 22 Ecstasy pills).

 




February 11, 2020

 

PUBLIC MEETING IN NEW FLORENCE ON TUESDAY

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is currently in the scoping process for a bridge replacement project on Missouri Route 19 over Interstate 70 at New Florence. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Ambulance District Building located just off MO 19 north of New Florence.  Representatives will have displays on hand to visit about the options that are being proposed, as well as the project recommendation.

When bridge replacements are adjacent to an interchange area, the current and future needs related to traffic flow are reviewed to provide the best design to manage the area’s needs.

“There will be displays at the meeting showing the four options being considered for the bridge replacement and interchange improvements,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga. “We encourage individuals to stop by the meeting and provide feedback, as well as, sign up for email and text alerts to stay up-to-date on the project,” he added.  All displays and information presented at the public meeting will be posted online, as well as the opportunity to comment.  The link will be live the day of the public meeting at https://www.modot.org/missouri-route-19-bridge-replacement-over-i-70.

This is an open-house style meeting, so individuals may stop by anytime in that time to visit with MoDOT representatives about the project.

A construction schedule won’t be established until after the project is funded.  Those interested can subscribe to the email and text notification system at https://www6.modot.mo.gov/eMoDOTWeb/jsp/signon/signon.jsp.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 10:35pm Monday in Boone County.  The patrol says that 41 year old Shawn Sims was northbound on 763 North of Harvester Road when he lost control and crashed his scooter.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MISSOURI AG DEPARTMENT ADDRESSING BACKLOG OF DICAMBA COMPLAINTS

 

The Missouri Department of Agriculture is trying to address a backlog of about 600 complaints from farmers who say drift of dicamba-based herbicide has damaged their crops. 
St. Louis Public Radio reports some of the complaints date back to 2016. 
State lawmakers are considering a budget request from the agriculture department to hire more staff to handle the backlog. 
The agency wants to add four investigators and two staff members to review the cases. 
The farmers complain that dicamba drifts from other fields and kills their crops. 
The state agriculture department has received 755 dicamba-related complaints since 2016.

 




February 10, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 9:35pm Sunday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 24 year old Dylon Laiban of Cedar Hill, MO was on Highway Z when his car crossed over the center line, he overcorrected, spun out and went off the north side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEENS HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

Two teens were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in St. Louis County.  19 year old Jamyla Harper of Florissant was eastbound on I-270 when her car hydroplaned, spun out, struck the median wall and overturned.  She sustained moderate injuries while her passenger 17 year old Anya Kennard of St. Louis suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.

  

STATE OF MISSOURI BUILDS ON EFFORTS TO BECOME A MODEL EMPLOYER

 

Last Week Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri is 1 of 13 states selected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to receive additional technical assistance (TA) to help more citizens with disabilities obtain competitive, integrated employment.  

The ongoing TA is part of an emerging trend under the Visionary Opportunities to Increase Competitive Employment (VOICE) initiative that will help Missouri improve employment outcomes within its statewide mental health systems. 

Last September, Governor Mike Parson signed Executive Order 19-16, announcing the Missouri as a Model Employer initiative. 

Currently, approximately 80 percent of working age individuals in Missouri without a disability are employed. However, only 37.1 percent of working age individuals with a disability are employed.  

The goal of Missouri as a Model Employer is to increase the employment rate of all Missourians with disabilities. As part of the Governor’s Executive Order, Missouri has implemented professional development, training and supports for state agencies to help increase the recruitment and retention of employees with disabilities.  

The Missouri as a Model Employer implementation team will be working with private businesses to support similar diversity initiatives to meet workforce needs.

VOICE states receive intensive policy consulting, technical support and ongoing mentoring through onsite, telecommunications, and virtual mediums to support the strategic aims of their efforts to increase competitive integrated employment for individuals with mental health disabilities.

 




Weekend Report- February 8-9, 2020

 

WELLSVILLE WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Wellsville woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 10:35am Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 64 year old Stephen Kleinsorge of Montgomery City was on MO 19 when he slowed and was preparing to make a right turn when his truck was struck in the rear by a car driven by 60 year old Mary Nation.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A man was hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Cooper County.  46 year old Allen Steele of Myerstown, PA was westbound on I-70 when he merged into the path of a car driven by 21 year old Ethan Amsden of Hillsboro, MO, causing both cars to travel off the roadway, strike a rock embankment and came to rest in the roadway.  Allen Steele was taken to University Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A teen was injured in a Friday night crash in Camden County.  17 year old Shelby Mount of Sunrise Beach, MO was on Sellers Road when her Jeep Cherokee ran off the left side of the road, began sliding, returned to the road, traveled off the right side of the road, struck several trees and overturned.  She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

  




February 7, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOME INVASION RESULTING IN SUSPECTS DEATH

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a home invasion at a residence in the 1400 block of Doris Drive at approximately 7:10 p.m., Wednesday. The resident reported that two suspects entered the residence. During the incident, one suspect was struck by gunfire from the resident and was pronounced dead on the scene by Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The deceased was identified as Joseph Valention Taylor, 17, of Columbia. The second suspect left the area before officers' arrival, responding officers immediately set up a perimeter. The K-9 unit began a track on the suspect but was unsuccessful. He was described as a black male with short hair, wearing blue jeans, a white shirt and white shoes. With assistance from the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) unit, detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) are actively investigating this incident. As this is an ongoing investigation, there are no further details to provide at this time. If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

MISSOURI MAN SUES STATE SUPREME COURT OVER PRISON BOARDING COSTS

 

A Missouri man at the heart of a state Supreme Court case that overturned what critics called modern-day debtors' prisons is suing the local officials who put him there. 
Lawyers for 65-year-old Warrensburg resident George Richey sued St. Clair County officials Tuesday. Richey is one of two Missouri men who sued over boarding costs for time spent in county jails. Those are commonly referred to as board bills. Supreme Court judges last year ruled unanimously that while inmates are responsible for those costs, judges cannot send people back to jail for not paying. Richey says his unlawful imprisonment destroyed his life.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES GRANTS FOR MORE THAN 100 MISSOURI LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES

 

On Thursday, Governor Mike Parson announced the Missouri Department of Public Safety has awarded 106 Missouri law enforcement agencies a total of more than $700,000 in grants, KRCG-TV reports.

The grants will help purchase equipment, including ballistic vests, first aid and trauma kits, police radios, light bars and sirens, in hopes of increasing safety across Missouri.

The complete total is $708,000 from the federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant (LLEBG/JAG) funds from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Each law enforcement agency's grant is limited to a maximum of $9,999.99, and then they must purchase their approved equipment by June 30, 2020.

The funding will help pay for the following:

  • 143 ballistic vests
  • 67 police radios
  • 5 vehicles
  • 174 light bars/lights
  • 40 siren boxes/speakers
  • 38 car cages/partitions
  • 272 reflective vests/protective clothing (cut-resistant gloves, raincoats, parkas)
  • 307 first aid/trauma kits
  • 13 body cameras
  • 1 in-car camera
  • 6 mobile data terminals
  • 193 flashlights
  • 70 protective shields, helmets, and batons
  • 113 handcuffs, leg restraints
  • 155 miscellaneous items, including metal detectors, thermal imaging equipment, equipment storage boxes, etc.

Click here for a list of each agency that received a grant, the grant amount, and the equipment that will be acquired with the funding.

 




February 6, 2020

 

COLUMBIA MAN’S CHILD ABUSE TRIAL WILL NOT BE MOVED

 

The child abuse trial of a Missouri man considered the prime suspect in the disappearance of his Chinese wife will not be moved out of Boone County.  A judge ruled Monday that a jury will be selected elsewhere for Joseph Elledge's trial.  The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs delayed a decision on whether to dismiss one of three felony counts against Elledge.  Prosecutors allege Elledge struck his 1-year-old daughter last year.  Authorities call Elledge the prime suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Mengqi Ji Elledge, who has been missing since Oct. 8.  No charges have been filed.

 

MISSOURI SENATE ADVANCES REDISTRICTING PLAN

 

Missouri's Republican-led state Senate is advancing a plan to revamp key parts of a ballot initiative on redistricting that was approved by voters just two years ago.  Senators gave initial approval Tuesday to a plan to lower "partisan fairness" and "competitiveness" to the least important factors among criteria used to draw state House and Senate districts.  If passed by the full Legislature, the measure would go before voters this year.  Republicans have raised concerns that the 2018 plan could lead to snaking districts that span both urban and rural areas in an effort to increase party competitiveness.

 




February 5, 2020

 

PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING ABOUT MISSOURI ROUTE 19 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is currently in the scoping process for a bridge replacement project on Missouri Route 19 over Interstate 70 at New Florence. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Ambulance District Building located just off MO 19 north of New Florence.  Representatives will have displays on hand to visit about the options that are being proposed, as well as the project recommendation. When bridge replacements are adjacent to an interchange area, the current and future needs related to traffic flow are reviewed to provide the best design to manage the area’s needs. This is an open-house style meeting, so individuals may stop by anytime in that time to visit with MoDOT representatives about the project. A construction schedule won’t be established until after the project is funded. In the event of inclement weather, the public meeting will be rescheduled.

 

TWO DEAD AFTER POSSIBLE MURDER SUICIDE IN COLUMBIA

 

A Moberly man and a Columbia woman are dead after what is believed to be a murder suicide in Columbia Deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia Police, and State Highway Patrol Troopers were called to a report of shots fired in the 5100 block of North Creasy Springs Road at around 11:30 Monday night.  Sheriff’s Deputies entered the home and had three shots fired at them, forcing them back out of the home.  Just after midnight, flames were spotted inside the house and attempts to communicate with the residents were unsuccessful.  At around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, SWAT team members entered the home and found two bodies, later identified as 41 year old Stefan Dailing of Moberly and 39 year old Bobbie Jo Robinson of Columbia.  The cause of death as well as the events of the evening were unclear and authorities are awaiting autopsy results.

 

MDC IS SEARCHING FOR PERSON THAT SHOT BALD EAGLE

 

Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) agents are looking for help from the public to locate the person responsible for the shooting of a bald eagle in northeast Missouri.

Investigators say the eagle was shot and killed one mile south of Adair, Missouri, along Oak Grove Way.  Bullet fragments are evident in the X-rays taken of the bird.

If you have any information, you are asked to call Adair County Conservation Agent Kevin Powell at (660) 216-1389.  If you notice a wildlife violation, report it to your local conservation agent or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-392-1111.

 




February 4, 2020

 

MEXICO COUPLE HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Mexico couple was hurt in an accident that occurred at around 1am Tuesday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 23 year old Stephanie Bowden and her passenger 23 year old Troy Kysar were on Route O when their vehicle swerved to miss a deer, ran off the right side of the road, struck a small grove of trees and a bridge abutment.  Both sustained minor injuries and were to seek medical treatment later.

 

TWO MEN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK

 

Two Troy men were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Lincoln County.  60 year old Michael Swope was on Sugar Grove Road when the steering was lost in his truck, causing it to veer off the right side of the roadway and strike a tree.  Both the driver and his passenger 40 year old Thomas Davis were taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

FIRE AT TIGER VILLAGE APARTMENTS IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 305 Tiger Lane, Tiger Village Apartments, apartment 122 at 1:56am on Sunday.  The first unit arrived less than four minutes later and reported flames from a third floor balcony walkway.  Crews deployed a pre-connected hose line and had the fire extinguished in approximately five minutes.  The integrity of the walkway was compromised so the occupants of the third floor were relocated by apartment management.  The fire department’s technical rescue truck was dispatched and used to provide temporary shoring for the walkway.  The City’s Building and Site Development was also notified.
An Assistant Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  It was determined that the fire originated on the walkway in front of apartment 122.  The cause is undetermined but improperly discarded smoking material cannot be ruled out.  Damage is estimated at $20,000.  Seven units from the Columbia Fire Department were dispatched to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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February 3, 2020

CHIEFS BRING HOME THE WIN!!!!

For the first time in 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs bring home the victory and are the 2020 Super Bowl Champions!!!!

HOMICIDE IN COLUMBIA EARLY SUNDAY MORNING AND AN ARREST HAS BEEN MADE

Columbia Police arrested Curtis Allen Lewis, 36, of Columbia in connection to the homicide of Treshawn E. Kitchen and the shooting of a 30-year-old female victim.  Kitchen, 34, of Columbia was shot and killed around 2:35 a.m. Sunday morning in the area of 19 N. Fifth Street in Columbia.  The female victim was also shot and sustained life-threatening injuries. Lewis was arrested on charges of voluntary manslaughter, second degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action. He has been remanded to the custody of Boone County Jail.  Anyone with additional information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE ARREST IN UNITED CREDIT UNION ROBBERY

Columbia Police arrested Deante Antonio Wilder, 19, of Jefferson City, in connection to an armed robbery at United Credit Union, located at 2909 Falling Leaf Lane in Columbia on Jan. 7th, 2020. With assistance from an investigator for the Missouri Department of Revenue Compliance and Investigation Bureau and the Jefferson City Police Department, investigators followed a lead to Jefferson City as the possible location of Wilder, who was identified as the suspect. On Jan. 30, detectives from the Columbia Police Department charged Wilder with first-degree robbery and armed criminal action. He is currently remanded in the custody of the Cole County Jail. This is an ongoing investigation.


CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH FRIDAY NIGHT INVOLVED TWO AREA  RESIDENTS

The patrol said a wreck on Route B at Route A in Callaway County Sunday night at 6:50 PM involved a driver from Martinsburg and Auxvasse. The crash happened when 20 year old Hanna N. Knipp of Auxvasse slowed to make a turn and her vehicle was struck from behind by another auto driven by Gabriel R. Hale of Martinsburg. Knipp had minor injuries but was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The deadline is quickly approaching for Missouri agriculture students interested in applying for the 2020 Missouri Corn Scholarship Program. High school and college students pursuing in a career in agronomy or other agriculture-related field must submit the necessary forms no later than Feb. 14 to be eligible for one of seven $1,000 scholarships sponsored by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and the Missouri Corn Merchandising Council.  To learn more about Missouri Corn programs, please visit www.mocorn.org


 




January 31, 2020

 

CALL THE RIGHT PLAY: PLAN AHEAD FOR SUPER BOWL WEEKEND

 

For the first time in 50 years, Missouri’s very own Kansas City Chiefs are Miami bound for Super Bowl LIV. As you cheer on your home team this weekend, the only crash you should hope to hear is the crunch of football players colliding – not that of your vehicle into another. Throughout the weekend of February 2, there will be numerous Super Bowl celebrations happening across the state. Many of these celebrations may include alcohol. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety urges football fans to get their game plan established ahead of time: plan a sober ride home.

 

MISSOURI GROUP CREATES PETITION FOR LEGALIZATION OF RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA

 

As Missouri ramps up toward the sale of medical marijuana, a new petition drive was launched Thursday aimed at making recreational marijuana legal, too.

A group called Missourians for a New Approach is gathering signatures to put the issue of adult-use marijuana on the November 2020 ballot.

The group said the effort is being supported by the same backers who helped pass the medical marijuana constitutional amendment in 2018.

To get on the ballot, the proposal must get 160,199 verified signatures that must be turned into the Missouri Secretary of State's office by May 3.

 




January 30, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS LOWER OPIOD PRESCRIPTIONS

 

Opioid prescriptions are down significantly in Missouri's Medicaid health care program. 
New figures show that the number of Medicaid participants receiving opioid prescriptions fell to fewer than 110,000 in 2019 - the second straight year with a 12% decline. 
Meanwhile, the number of pills prescribed to those people fell by 25% last year. 
State Medicaid Director Todd Richardson cites improved public awareness about the severity of the opioid crisis. 
He also credits state policy changes that have limited many initial opioid prescriptions to seven days and have expanded treatment options for people dealing with pain.

 

MISSOURI TRAFFIC FATALITIES DROP FIVE PERCENT

 

Preliminary reporting for 2019 indicates Missouri traffic fatalities have dropped for the third year in a row. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 876 lives were lost in Missouri traffic crashes in 2019 down from 921 in 2018, a five percent reduction.

While the modest gains are encouraging, the state still has a long way to go in achieving the ultimate goal – zero traffic fatalities in Missouri.

Although there was an overall reduction in traffic fatalities, there were increases in motorcycle fatalities and pedestrian fatalities. In 2019, there were 118 motorcyclists killed, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Likewise, there were 108 pedestrians killed in 2019 –the largest number of pedestrian fatalities in Missouri the past 10 years.

While weather and road conditions can come into play, traffic crashes are largely the result of someone simply making a poor decision, even if only for a moment. The top contributing factors of Missouri traffic fatalities continue to be lack of seat belt use, driving too fast, impairment, and distraction.

 

MSHP AIRCRAFT USE MAP OVERLAY TECHNOLOGY TO TRACK PURSUIT SUSPECTS SUCCESSFULLY

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to make the public aware of the following:
In July 2016, the Patrol’s Aircraft Division began using an infrared camera and map overlay system on a Bell 407 helicopter. The main purpose of the equipment was to perform search and rescue missions for lost or wanted subjects. When the equipment is not being used for these purposes, the Patrol has utilized the camera and mapping systems to assist law enforcement agencies across the state capture fleeing suspects, while ultimately increasing the safety to the motoring public, the officers, and the suspects. This method has proven to be very effective and impactful.
Applying this technology during an active pursuit, allows ground units to discontinue their active pursuit, slow down, and follow at a safe distance out of sight of the suspect. The aircraft tracks the fleeing vehicle, during either day or night conditions, and provides accurate turn-by-turn information to the ground units while recording the incident for evidentiary purposes. The map overlay provides the flight crew with street names, points of interests, and addresses. The suspect nearly always slows to a safer, more reasonable speed. Once the suspect comes to a stop, the air crew informs ground units who make contact with the occupants of the vehicle and affect an arrest.
Since July 2016, the Aircraft Division has assisted law enforcement agencies with 114 pursuits, and has tracked 103 successfully, which is a 90.36% success rate.

 

  




January 29, 2020

 

MEXICO FIRE RESULTS IN ARREST

 

On Monday at approximately 10:04AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Union in reference to a fire. Responding personnel found a vacant house with smoke coming from it. Theodore L Lewis, age 54 of Mexico, was found in the garage.  It was determined that Lewis had been staying in the garage and was burning household items for warmth.  The fire was extinguished with no further damage being done to the house.  It was determined Lewis had eight outstanding warrants from the Audrain County Circuit Court.  He was arrested and taken to the Audrain County jail.  There were no injuries from the incident.   

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A St. Charles woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 11:50pm Tuesday in St. Charles County.  23 year old Lynne Scotti was on Highway 370 when her truck traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the concrete median wall.  She was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon in Osage County.  The patrol says that 48 year old Tommy Brumett of Newburg, MO was on Route E when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to return to the roadway and overturn.  He refused medical treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

 




January 28, 2020

 

FULTON WOMAN ACCUSED OF KILLING 80 YEAR OLD MOTHER

 

Officers in central Missouri have arrested a 62-year-old woman accused of killing her 80-year-old mother. The Fulton Sun reports that Callaway County sheriff's deputies found Friday the body of Frances Keel at a home in Guthrie, an unincorporated township about 10 miles southwest of Fulton. Investigators say the elderly woman had been stabbed several times, and deputies found a 9.5-inch knife in the home believed to be the murder weapon. Deputies soon arrested Keel's daughter, Lola Katherine Crews and prosecutors charged her Saturday with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Family members of Crews told investigators she suffers from schizophrenia.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A De Soto man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 6:15pm Monday in Jefferson County.  74 year old John Stuber was on Fountain City Road when his truck traveled off the left edge of the road and the front of it struck a utility pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A Sedalia driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Cooper County.  66 year old Michael Pyne was eastbound on I-70 when he lost control of his vehicle in a curve, ran off the left side of the roadway and struck the median cables.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




January 27, 2020

 

TWO WOMEN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two women from O’Fallon, MO were hurt in an accident that occurred at 9am Sunday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 62 year old Michelle Kiely was on Highway N when she failed to stop at a steady red signal and entered the intersection where her car was struck on the right side by a car driven by 30 year old Jennifer Llewellyn.  Both women sustained minor injuries.  Kiely was taken to Progress West Hospital while Llewellyn was taken to SSM Health in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO INCIDENTS

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Domino’s Pizza, 1500 I-70 Dr. SW, on Jan. 26, at approximately 12:20 p.m. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that three suspects entered the store and displayed handguns while demanding money. The suspects left the area with an undisclosed amount of cash. The Forensic Evidence Team assisted in collecting evidence. There were no injuries reported. 

At approximately 12:26 p.m. officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the area of the 800 block of West Business Loop. Officers arrived and began canvassing the area and located a vehicle that was being driven by the victim in the parking lot of a nearby hotel. Officers observed damage to the vehicle caused by gunshots. There were no injuries reported.  The suspect vehicle was described as a small red sedan with a rear spoiler and was last seen traveling eastbound on I-70. During the investigation, officers located contraband inside the victim’s vehicle. David Preston Clark, 31, of Columbia was arrested and charged for possession of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.

These are ongoing investigations and no additional information can be provided at this time. Note: there is no evidence to suggest that the two incidents are connected. Anyone with information about either incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




Weekend Report- January 25-26, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Belle woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday morning in Osage County.  21 year old Breann Feltrop was on MO 89 when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, became airborne over a ravine and struck a rock bluff.  She was transported by ambulance to SSM St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A driver was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 2pm Friday in Miller County.  The patrol says that a driver from Chantilly, VA attempted a left turn onto US 54 from a crossover and failed to yield to a tractor trailer driven by 50 year old Anthony Candela of Cross Timbers, MO and Candela’s semi struck the freightliner before running off the right side of the road and ejecting him from it.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN HURT IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A Jefferson City man was hurt in a Saturday afternoon crash in Boone County.  33 year old Tyson Schero was on US 63 when his car went off the roadway and struck the ground.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 

 




January 24, 2020

 

LOCAL POLICE ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO BE AWARE OF SOCIAL SECURITY SCAMS

 

Scams referencing the Social Security Administration are common.

The Kirksville Police Department has received several reports about citizens who have received letters from the Social Security Administration and threats to suspend benefits and garnish income.

The Federal Trade Commission cites scams mentioning the Social Security Administration as the number one type of fraud reported to their agency.

Those letters can come through the mail or via email.

According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security employees will occasionally contact you by telephone or mail for business purposes if you have ongoing business with the agency.

However, Social Security employees will not:

Tell you that your Social Security number has been suspended

Contact you to demand an immediate payment

Ask you for credit or debit card numbers over the phone

Require a specific means of debt repayment, like a prepaid debit card, a retail gift card, or cash

Demand that you pay a Social Security debt without the ability to appeal the amount you owe

Promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for information or money

In addition to letters or email, a number of KTVO viewers have said that they have also received phone calls from individuals claiming to be with the Social Security Administration.

Scammers can even provide authentic appearing numbers such as 1-800 numbers that can seem legitimate.

 

MDC TO HOST EAGLE DAYS IN CLARKSVILLE THIS WEEKEND

 

Every winter, Missouri welcomes record numbers of bald eagles and boasts some of the most plentiful viewing areas in all of the lower 48 states. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages eagle-lovers of all ages to discover nature and get outdoors to view our nation’s most iconic raptor at the annual Eagle Days event in Clarksville.  Activities will take place at Lock and Dam 24 and the Apple Shed Theater in Clarksville on Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Eagle Days feature activities to entertain and educate the whole family.  MDC will have spotting scopes set up at River Front Park where volunteers and event staff will help visitors view eagles and other migrating waterfowl.

At the Apple Shed Theater, MDC will offer hands-on exhibits and displays, children’s activities, and viewing of the MDC video Eagles in Missouri featuring past years’ Eagle Days events in Clarksville. Every hour on the hour, Dickerson Park Zoo, based in Springfield, will host a live-eagle program at the Apple Shed Theater. This building is not heated, so be sure to dress warmly.

“Eagle Days are a great way to enjoy nature in the winter and also a fun way to spend time as a family,” said MDC Conservation Educator Karen Armstrong. “Be sure to bundle up the family as temperatures can be chilly.  Bring blankets and don’t forget your camera and binoculars.” 

All events are free at Eagle Days in Clarksville. MDC hosts the annual celebration of winter wildlife watching in partnership with USACE, Dickerson Park Zoo, and the City of Clarksville

Clarksville is located south of Louisiana on Missouri Highway 79. 

 




January 23, 2020

 

UPDATE: PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING ABOUT MISSOURI ROUTE 19 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY HAS BEEN POSRPONED

 

Due to the expected winter weather forecast, the informational public meeting on the Missouri Route 19 bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence that was scheduled for Thursday, January 23 from 5:00-6:30 p.m., at the Montgomery County Ambulance District Building has been postponed until Tuesday, February 11. The time and location will remain the same.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A semi truck driver was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6:15pm Wednesday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 60 year old Michael Brown of Bardstown, KY was eastbound on I-70 when he drove off the right side of the roadway to avoid another vehicle, causing the tractor trailer to overturn and come to rest in a ditch.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday morning in Morgan County.  18 year old Trevor McCollum of Stover, MO was on MO 135 when his truck traveled off the left side of the road, struck a tree and overturned, coming to rest on its driver’s side.  He was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 




January 22, 2020

 

UPDATE: PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING ABOUT MISSOURI ROUTE 19 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY HAS BEEN POSRPONED

 

Due to the expected winter weather forecast, the informational public meeting on the Missouri Route 19 bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence that was scheduled for Thursday, January 23 from 5:00-6:30 p.m., at the Montgomery County Ambulance District Building has been postponed until Tuesday, February 11. The time and location will remain the same.

 

MURDER INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN TWO ARRESTS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrests of two people in connection with the 2017 murder of 29 year old Benjamin “Ben” Renick  of New Florence. In the evening hours of June 8, 2017, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office received a report of a deceased person at Renick’s Reptiles, in New Florence.  Upon their arrival, deputies discovered a male subject, later identified as Benjamin Renick, deceased in the building.  An examination of the body revealed that Renick had died from a gunshot wound.  Investigators from the Troop F Division of Drug and Crime Control and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office began a joint homicide investigation. On January 16, 2020, 31 year old Lynlee J. Renick and 35 year old Michael K. Humphrey were arrested by investigators as a result of the investigation.  Renick was arrested at 12:01 p.m., at a residence in Columbia, Missouri, and Humphrey was arrested at 6:45 p.m. at a residence in Jefferson City. Both subjects were taken into custody without incident. Renick and Humphrey are being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Thursday, January 16 at approximately 9:05AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2000 block of W Boulevard in reference to a crash involving a truck and train.  Responding personnel found that Gary P Riedel, age 75 of Centralia, was driving a 1992 Chevrolet grain truck eastbound on Boulevard, when he attempted to go around an Ozark Valley Railroad truck which was stopped at the crossing attempting to stop traffic due to an approaching train.  Riedel did not see the train, which was already slowing as it reached the crossing, and his vehicle was struck before the train was able to stop.  The Chevrolet and one train car were damaged, but there were no injuries from the incident.  

 




January 21, 2020

 

SHOOTING LEAVES TWO DEAD AND AT LEAST 15 INJURED IN KANSAS CITY

 

Police in Kansas City, Missouri, say at least two people are dead and upwards of a dozen people may have been injured in a shooting outside a bar. Police say the shooting took place just before midnight, when someone opened fire on a line of people waiting outside. A man and a woman were found dead at the scene. Police believe the man was the shooter, who was shot by an armed security guard. At least 15 people arrived at local hospitals with injuries and three are in critical condition. 
The bar appeared to be celebrating the Kansas City Chiefs' advancement to the Super Bowl.

 

TWO NEMO TEENS INJURED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT

 

Two Northeast Missouri teenagers were injured in an accident in Boone County Monday. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 17 year old Elisabeth Fugeat was southbound on U.S. Highway 63 at the Missouri 22 interchange at around 12:40 p.m. Monday when she drove off the left side of the road and struck a guard rail. Two passengers in Fugeat’s vehicle, a 16 year old female from Macon and a 13 year old female from Shelbina, were taken by ambulance to Women and Children’s Hospital in Columbia. Fugeat was not injured.

 

2019-2020 OFFICIAL MANUEL IS ONLINE

 

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft unveiled the online 2019-2020 Official Manual, also called the “Blue Book,” Tuesday. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote, Ashcroft sought out female legislators to provide their thoughts on the significance of the amendment. These quotes appear throughout the book, which can be found online at https://www.sos.mo.gov/bluebook/2019-2020.

The 2019-2020 Official Manual will be published at a later date and made available for purchase.

 




January 20, 2020

 

MAN ACCUSED OF FIRING SHOTS IN COLUMBIA WALMART

 

An 18-year-old man has been arrested after police say he fired shots inside a central Missouri Walmart.

Columbia Police say the shooting happened late Friday night after an employee confronted a man, later identified by police as Jamie Anton Jackson, who was in a restricted area of the store.

The Missourian reports that the employee told police the man had a gun and extended ammunition magazine and a struggle ensued.

The employee said he was able to take the magazine away, but not the gun. Police say Jackson then ran to the front of the store and fired multiple shots. No one was injured.

 

DUCK BOAT OWNER SETTLES IN SINKING LAWSUIT

 

The owner of a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people, has settled its final pending lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.

Thirty-one lawsuits have been filed against Ripley Entertainment since the former World War II amphibious vehicle sank in July 2018 at Table Rock Lake near Branson.

A joint motion for approval of a confidential settlement was filed Thursday in the final pending suit, which was filed by Joseph and William Strecker.

Their 68-year-old mother, Rosemarie Hamann, was killed when the boat sank.

A Ripley spokeswoman declined to discuss details of the settlement.

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED STATEWIDE ON MONDAY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following date:

Monday, January 20, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

  

 




Weekend Report- January 18-19, 2020

 

DRIVER KILLED, PASSENGERS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was killed and his two passengers were injured, one seriously in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 24 year old Vance McMillan of Bourbon, MO was eastbound on I-44 when his car began to exit at the 225 exit ramp, started to skid, ran off the left side of the road, struck a tree and then struck a culvert and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene, while one of his passenger’s 22 year old Samuel Cool of Leasburg, MO was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries and the other passenger 21 year old Thomas Edmond of Sullivan, MO was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:25pm Saturday in Gasconade County.  38 year old Corey Vitt of Bland, MO was on Route V when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Wentzville man was hurt in an early Saturday morning crash in St. Charles County.  59 year old William Noel was westbound on I-70 when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the concrete barrier, returned to the road then went off the left side again, struck the concrete barrier twice and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.

 




January 17, 2020

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN SENTENCED FOR BOMBING FORMER SPOUSE’S VEHICLE

 

31 year old Dean Allen McBaine of Jefferson City, MO, was sentenced to 60 months in prison following his conviction by a jury in October for one count of possessing an unregistered destructive device.  McBaine appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Audrey G. Fleissig who ordered McBaine to pay restitution in the amount of $34,705.21.

According to testimony at trial, he was involved in a domestic dispute with his current wife at their residence in Jefferson City. During the incident, McBaine discharged several rounds from a handgun into the bedroom where his then 13-year-old son was sleeping. Consequently, McBaine’s former spouse and mother of the boy retrieved him from Jefferson City and moved him to her home in St. Louis. Orders of protection against McBaine were issued for the former spouse and son. 

Approximately three weeks later, on September 2, 2018 in St. Louis City, an explosion that also damaged two adjacent homes destroyed the former spouse’s red Mini Cooper automobile.   

The co-defendant, Michael Bushman, pled guilty and was sentenced on November 22, 2019 to 13 months in prison.  Bushman admitted to preparing a “sparkler bomb” with McBaine and detonating it under the vehicle in the victim’s driveway.  A neighbor’s security camera system captured the explosion.

The case was investigated by the Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department, the St. Louis Fire Department and the St. Louis division of the FBI.  The case was handled by Assistant United States Attorneys John Davis and Paul D’Agrosa. 

 

ILLINOIS WOMAN INJURED IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Steelville, Illinois woman was injured in a two-vehicle accident in Boone County Wednesday evening. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 39 year old Lukas Romine of Centralia was entering U.S. Highway 63 northbound from the median crossover at Highway 124 at around 8 p.m. As Romine was entering the highway, his vehicle was struck by a car driven by 37 year old Angela Murrell of Linneus. According to the highway patrol crash report, the crash was enough to total both vehicles. A passenger in Romine’s vehicle, 71 year old Mary Waltemate was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries. The two drivers were not injured.

 

AUTHORITIES ASKING FOR PUBLIC HELP IN LOCATING MISSING KIRKSVILLE TEEN

 

Authorities need your help locating a missing juvenile. James Owen Warren, 15, of Kirksville, was last seen by his family on January 1, 2020. A missing person report was taken by the Adair County Sheriff's Office a short time after he went missing. He is described as a white male, 5'6" and weighs 130 lbs. He has dark blond hair and hazel eyes. Warren's mother, Susan Kimble Wilson, told KTVO he was last seen wearing a KC Royals hoodie and jeans, but it's believed he may have taken some clothes with him. The Missouri State Highway Patrol had issued an Active Missing Persons Alert for Warren. Anybody with information about his whereabouts can contact their local law enforcement agency or Kirksville Central Dispatch at (660) 665-5621.

 

 




January 16, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT  

 

A Pevely man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 7:25pm Wednesday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 69 year old William Sebree was riding his motorcycle on US 61 when it ran off the right side of the roadway, he laid the bike down and slid into a creek.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A St. Charles driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in St. Charles County.  23 year old Rios Vasquez was on Veterans Memorial Parkway when he failed to negotiate a turn and his truck struck a guardrail.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday at approximately 8:54AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 3600 block of S Clark in reference to a business that had been broken into during the previous overnight hours.  Investigation indicated that the suspect(s) forced their way through the front door causing damage, and then damaged another door inside the business in a failed attempt to get it open.  Nothing was stolen during the incident.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 




January 15, 2020

 

MEXICO WOMAN KILLED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Mexico woman was killed in an accident that occurred at around 1:40pm Tuesday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 39 year old Nicki Nation was on US 54 when her vehicle ran into the rear of a freightliner driven by 34 year old Aaron Shirley of Fulton.  After impact both vehicles came to rest off the roadway.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where she died from her injuries a short time later. 

 

MAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Florissant man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Jefferson County.  31 year old Matthew Huffman was merging from Old Highway 21 onto northbound Highway 21 when his car ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

PUBLIC INVITED TO MEETING ABOUT MISSOURI ROUTE 19 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is currently in the scoping process for a bridge replacement project on Missouri Route 19 over Interstate 70 at New Florence. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, January 23 from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Montgomery County Ambulance District Building located just off MO 19 north of New Florence.  Representatives will have displays on hand to visit about the options that are being proposed, as well as the project recommendation. When bridge replacements are adjacent to an interchange area, the current and future needs related to traffic flow are reviewed to provide the best design to manage the area’s needs. This is an open-house style meeting, so individuals may stop by anytime in that time to visit with MoDOT representatives about the project. A construction schedule won’t be established until after the project is funded. In the event of inclement weather, the public meeting will be rescheduled.

 

 




January 14, 2020

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 11:55pm Monday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 56 year old Shelly Lawless of Pacific, MO was northbound on I-270 when her truck ran off the left side of the roadway, struck the concrete traffic barrier and began rotating and then it struck the concrete barrier a second time.  She was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN PIKE COUNTY WRECK

 

Two people from Clarksville were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Pike County.  19 year old Kaylea McGuire was on Highway 79 when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.  Both the driver and her passenger 51 year old Kennet McGuire were transported by ambulance to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

As significant winter weather moved through Missouri from Friday, January 10 through Sunday, January 12, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to three incidents of vehicles crashing due to weather conditions.  There were no injuries from any of the incidents.

  




January 13, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Thursday at approximately 5:18PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of W. Monroe in reference to a carport on fire.  Responding personnel found the carport burning, with the fire spreading to an adjacent home and privacy fence as well as to a nearby tree and a neighboring carport.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the carport being a complete loss and the other structures suffering a small amount of fire damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation and there were no injuries from the incident.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO WEEKEND SHOOTINGS

On Friday, Jan. 10, at approximately 1:03 a.m., on duty officers heard gunshots and witnessed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed near Highland Drive. Suspects failed to stop after officers activated emergency lights and sirens. Shortly after their pursuit of the vehicle, officers received calls from Boone County Joint Communications to report shots fired in the area.

Both the driver and passenger exited the vehicle in the 2500 block of Providence Road and continued to flee on foot. Both were located and detained for further questioning. 

Officers also responded to the 100 block of Garth Avenue at approximately 4:22 a.m. to a report of a burglary in progress. While en route, officers were notified shots had been fired. Officers received a call about a potential suspect at the hospital with a gunshot wound and determined he may have been connected to the burglary. Two suspects were detained. After further investigation, Columbia Police identified Derail J. Thomas, 28, of Columbia as the second suspect in the burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Garth Avenue. Thomas has been charged with first degree burglary, first degree assault and armed criminal action.  

Two other suspects were arrested in association with the overnight shooting near Highland Drive in Columbia. Larry K. Brownlee Jr., 25, and Daravion Fajardo, 25, of Columbia were both charged with resisting arrest for a felony. 

CPD has identified Julian J. Shumpert,18, of Columbia as one of the suspects involved in the burglary that occurred in the 100 block of Garth Avenue. Shumpert has been charged with first degree burglary, armed criminal action, first degree assault and possession of a controlled substance as a misdemeanor.

 

 




Weekend Report- January 11-12, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 9pm Saturday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 34 year old Jeffrey Oliver of Dittmer, MO was on Highway 30 and driving too fast for road conditions when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  He was taken to SSM Health St. Clare Hospital with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A St. Charles woman was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Lincoln County.  20 year old Jennelle Wulfmeier was a passenger in a truck driven by 21 year old Cole McCall of St. Charles.  The report states that they were on South 7th Street in Elsberry at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop at the end of the road, causing the truck to run off the roadway, hit the levee, became airborne and landed in a flooded creek.  The driver was able to get out of his truck and fled on foot, meanwhile his passenger was not able to get out and it became submerged with her inside of the truck.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CRASH

 

A driver was hurt in a Friday night crash in St. Charles County.  43 year old Steven Page of O’Fallon, MO was eastbound on I-70 when his car ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

 




January 10, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST COLUMBIA MAN FOR BURGLARY

 

On Jan. 7, at approximately 4:30 p.m., Columbia Police officers attempted to stop a suspect for a lane violation on Ballenger Lane. The suspect failed to stop, resulting in a police pursuit. 
The officers followed the vehicle to Hinkson Creek Rd., and then to a private drive, north, off Hinkson before Wyatt Lane. Officers identified the suspect as Zachary Bradley, 23, of Columbia
During the pursuit, the suspect exited the vehicle and continued to flee on foot. CPD was assisted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, who assisted with the apprehension of the suspect. Bradley was charged with second degree burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree and resisting arrest.
While in custody, CPD learned the suspect’s vehicle was connected to a reported burglary by Hertz Car Rental, located at 1905 Rangeline St. (Case number 2020-000169) on Monday, Jan. 6. The officers also identified a Nissan Sentra fob on the suspect, which is also connected to that case.  
Hertz Car Rental identified the Chevrolet Malibu that the suspect was driving, a Silver Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Accent and a 2019 White Jeep Cherokee, Texas plate LTV8616, as the vehicles that were stolen. CPD believes the suspect did not act alone.
This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

GRASS FIRE IN SCHUYLER COUNTY DEEMED SUSPICIOUS

 

Whipping winds fanned the flames of a suspicious late-morning grass fire in Schuyler County.

The blaze was reported just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday along Route M, one mile north of Glenwood, Missouri.

Captain Laura Watson with Lancaster Fire and Rescue told KTVO the land is owned by Laverne Kramer.

The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office said the blaze appears to have started along the roadway. Watson said it is considered suspicious because, in addition to the main fire, crews found two other burn areas on the same property that did not spark and take off.

The flames, pushed across the field by strong winds, charred an estimated 35 acres before firefighters got them put out about 45 minutes later.

Eight personnel from Lancaster Fire and Rescue and Queen City Fire Department battled the blaze with leaf blowers and water backpacks.

Watson said the investigation is being turned over to the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office.

She said she was not aware of anyone who had witnessed suspicious activity in the area around the time of the fires.

 




January 9, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTEGATE TUESDAY AFTERNOON ROBBERY

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at United Credit Union, 2909 Falling Leaf Lane, on Jan. 7, at approximately 4:40 p.m. One suspect, described as a medium build black male, between 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet, wearing blue jeans and a hoodie covering his face, entered the bank and displayed a handgun. He then left the area traveling west on Falling Leaf Lane in a dark-colored 4-door sedan with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries reported. 
This is an ongoing investigation, therefore there is no additional information available at this time. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

MONROE COUNTY COVERED BRIDGE VANDALIZED

 

Missouri State Park Rangers are looking for the public's help in identifying suspects involved in the recent vandalism of a historic covered bridge in northeast Missouri.

Corporal Doug Buie with the Missouri Park Rangers confirmed with KHQA that three people were caught on camera and are currently wanted in connection with vandalism that happened around 3:30 p.m. on December 31, 2019. The vandalism was discovered on January 2, 2020. The vandals damaged the historic Union Covered Bridge in Monroe County, Missouri, which is located about eight miles from Paris, Missouri.

The vandals left four signatures on the bridge: Bryce 2015, Bryce 2020, Chris 2015 and Chris 2020.

If you have any information regarding the bridge vandalism or can identify the suspects in the photos, contact Corporal Buie at (573) 565-3440.  

 

MISSOURI TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR IDEA FUNDS

 

Missouri Technology Corporation is now accepting applications for funds to help launch and grow high-tech startups headquartered in Missouri through Missouri IDEA (Innovation, Development, and Entrepreneurship Advancement) Funds. Missouri IDEA Funds are a co-investment   opportunity that promotes the formation and growth of businesses that engage in the transfer of science and technology into job creation. The funds provide financing to eligible businesses through four components that correspond to the four stages of growth for investment-grade, high-growth enterprises. The application deadline for IDEA Funds is November 14, 2020.

 

 




January 8, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT MONDAY NIGHT

 

Columbia Police officers responded to a call regarding shots fired near the intersection of Oak and Lincoln Drive, on Monday, Jan. 6, at approximately 10:45 p.m. 

Officers immediately began canvassing the area for evidence and located a 24-year-old male near Jewell Ave. and Sexton Rd., who had sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local emergency room by ambulance to be treated for his injuries.

While on the scene, officers were notified of reports that more shots were heard nearby and immediately responded. During the investigation, officers located evidence of gunshots including spent shell cases along with damage to two residences in the 400 block of Oak Street that were struck by bullets. No injuries were reported by the residents. 

This case falls under the purview of the City’s newly created Violent Crime Task Force, which includes officers from CPD, Boone County Sheriff’s Department, University of Missouri Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Violent Crime Task Force will review any incidence of violence that involves a firearm and will be working in conjunction with partnering agencies to resolve these cases.

No suspect information or further details are known about either incidence. This is an ongoing investigation, therefore there is no additional information we can provide.

Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

NEMO MAN INJURED AFTER TREE FALLS ON HIM

 

A northeast Missouri man was seriously hurt late Tuesday morning when a tree fell on him.

The tragedy happened around 11 a.m. near a home on Sidney Road northeast of Green Castle, Missouri.

The family identifies the victim as Randy Ballanger, 53, who lives at the residence.

A family member at the scene said Ballanger was cutting firewood in the timber near his home when a tree fell on him.

Ballanger had his cell phone with him and was able to call 911, reporting that he had possibly broken his back.

The man somehow managed to get the tree off of him, get onto a UTV and drive himself to his house.

Ballanger was inside the home when emergency crews arrived.

Medical personnel then loaded him into an ambulance and drove him a short distance down the road to an open field where a medical helicopter was waiting for him.

They carefully loaded him onto the chopper and took off a short time later.

Officials said Ballanger was being flown to St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City for treatment.

 




January 7, 2020

 

FULTON POLICE DEPARTMENT OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING

 

On December 30, 2019, at approximately 10 a.m., the Fulton Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle for reported suspicious activity in the 700 block of Hickman Avenue. The vehicle initially fled.  After a short pursuit, the Fulton police officer exited his patrol vehicle and was on foot attempting to contact the driver when the vehicle accelerated toward him.  The officer discharged his service weapon.  The 25-year old male driver, Cody L. McCaulou, of Columbia, Missouri, sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital, in Columbia. The police officer and two female occupants of the pursued vehicle were not injured.

On December 31, 2019, at 4:15 p.m., McCaulou was pronounced deceased at University Hospital. An autopsy was completed on January 2, 2020, and the results of the examination are pending.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is continuing to investigate the incident. At the request of the Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney, who recused himself from the matter, a special prosecutor has been appointed by the Circuit Court of Callaway County to review the matter and determine whether any criminal charges are warranted from the incident.

 

2020 NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION ACT APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE

 

The 2020 Neighborhood Preservation Act application cycle is now open. Applications are being accepted now and must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2020. 

Administered by the Department of Economic Development, the Neighborhood Preservation Act is a tax credit program created to aid in the rehabilitation and new construction of home in certain census blocks in Missouri.    

Qualifying areas include "distressed communities," as defined in 135.530 RSMo, and eligible applicants are defined as any taxpayer who incurs eligible costs for a new residence or rehabilitates a residence for owner occupancy that is located in a designed area.

 

 




January 6, 2020

 

TROY WOMAN KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Troy woman was killed in an accident that occurred at 6:25pm Sunday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 73 year old Anna Twellmann was on US 61 when she suffered a medical emergency, causing her car to travel off the left side of the roadway, returned to the road, went off the right side of the road, struck a rock bluff and overturned.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis where she died from her injuries a short time later. 

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in St. Louis County.  21 year old Walker Gottman of High Ridge, MO was on Old Sugar Creek Road when his car ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATES SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE REPORT AND FINDS STOLEN VEHICLE

 

Columbia Police officers were called to the 2100 block of Sunborough Drive regarding a suspicious vehicle and two suspicious individuals at approximately 10:20 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5.

Officers arrived in the area and located the vehicle unoccupied. It was learned the vehicle had been reported stolen out of La Plata County, Colorado. Officers contacted the Durango, Colorado Police Department and learned two suspects were associated with the stolen vehicle; Stephen A. Goupil, 33, of Denver, Colorado and Erin A. Bradley, 27 of Ignacio, Colorado. Goupil was classified as armed and dangerous. 

Officers canvassed the area and obtained good descriptions of the two individuals seen exiting the vehicle. A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper located Goupil near Broadway and Hwy ZZ (Strawn Road) where he was taken into custody without incident for charges from Colorado of parole violation and kidnapping and on local charges for tampering with a motor vehicle in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers were able to locate Bradley at a residence in the 1300 block of S. Mesa Drive where she was taken into custody without incident. Bradley was arrested on local charges for tampering with a motor vehicle in the second degree, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Columbia Police appreciate the assistance from Missouri State Highway Patrol, Boone County Fire Protection District and University of Missouri Police Department. 

Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones thanks the resident who saw something suspicious and called for law enforcement to investigate.


COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST KENTUCKY MAN AFTER HE BARRICADES HIMSELF INSIDE HOME

 

Columbia Police arrested Lucas W. Garner, 38, of Kentucky after learning he had an active warrant in Boone County in relation to an assault that occurred in January 2001 (CPD case number: 2001-001199), as well as three active warrants from Kentucky. Officers went to a residence in the 400 block of Hickman Ave. on Saturday, Jan. 4, to serve an arrest warrant. 

The initial investigation began after a vehicle fled a traffic stop on Dec. 19. Through the extensive work of CPD patrol officers, a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle that fled the traffic stop was located outside of a residence in the 400 block of Hickman Ave. on Dec. 27. While conducting the investigation they were able to determine that the owner of the vehicle had warrants from Kentucky. On Jan. 4 officers conducted a surveillance of the residence and observed a person matching the description of the person wanted from Kentucky entering the residence. 

After officers arrived at the residence on Hickman Ave. to serve the warrant on Jan. 4, Garner refused to exit the residence and barricaded himself inside. Officers learned that there were other family members inside the residence, but were not being held hostage. Garner surrendered approximately two hours after CPD made initial contact and was taken into custody without incident. The Columbia Police Crisis Negotiation Team, K-9 unit and SWAT assisted patrol officers at the scene. 

Garner was arrested for the outstanding Boone County warrant for domestic assault, resisting arrest and three outstanding warrants from Kentucky for trafficking narcotics, endangering the welfare of a child and felony possession.

Any questions regarding the Kentucky case should be directed towards Monticello Police or Wayne County Kentucky Sheriff’s Department.

 




Weekend Report- January 4-5, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:20pm Saturday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 39 year old James Brown of Newdale, Idaho was southbound on I-55 ramp and attempted to exit on US 67 while driving too fast for conditions when his semi traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Louis driver was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in St. Charles County.  41 year old Broderick Ford was westbound on I-70 when he lost control of his car and it ran off the right side of the road, overturned multiple times before the rear struck a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A woman was hurt in a Friday afternoon crash in St. Louis County.  50 year old Robin Brenner of High Ridge, MO was on Highway PP when her car traveled off the right side of the road, hit a pole and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 




January 3, 2020

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS NO TRAFFIC FATALITIES OVER NEW YEARS COUNTING PERIOD

 

On Thursday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that no one died in a traffic crash during the 2020 New Year’s holiday counting period, which lasted 30 hours. 
Last year, there were 11 fatalities during the much longer 102-hour counting period. 
The 2020 New Year’s counting period ran from 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019, through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

 

During the holiday counting period, troopers investigated the following:

Crashes 72

Injuries 34

Fatalities 0

DWI 56

 

During the 2019 New Year’s counting period, there were 1,301 traffic crashes, which included 447 injured and 11 fatalities. Troopers made 130 arrests for driving while impaired during the 2019 New Year’s holiday. There were no boating crashes. No one drowned over the 2019 New Year’s counting period.

 

FORMER SCHUYLER COUNTY RESIDENT AMONG MISSING CREW MEMBERS ON CRABBING BOAT, SEARCH SUSPENDED

 

A northeast Missouri native is one of five fishermen missing and presumed dead after their 130-foot crabbing vessel sank on New Year's Eve off the Alaska peninsula.

The search for Brock Rainey, a former Schuyler County, Missouri, resident, and four other missing fishermen from Seattle-based ‘Scandies Rose’ has been suspended after crews spent more than 20 hours covering 1,400 square miles by boat, plane and helicopter the U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday night.
Rainey, who was most recently living in Kellogg, Idaho, announced on his Facebook page December 26, 2019, that he was flying from Indianapolis, where his girlfriend lives, to Kodiak, Alaska.

In a statement, the Coast Guard said “After exhausting all leads and careful consideration of survival probability, the Coast Guard suspends an active search pending new information or developments.”

What caused the crabbing vessel to sink is unknown at this time. 

 

 




January 2, 2020

 

AUTHORITIES ID BODY FOUND IN MISSOURI RIVER TRUCK

 

Authorities have confirmed that a body found inside a truck pulled from the Missouri River in eastern Missouri was that of a 22-year-old man who had been missing since July. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that dental records confirmed the identity of Nathaniel Ashby of Warrenton. The truck was pulled from the river near Treolar on Sunday. The pickup was detected in August when a fire department performed a training exercise on the river using sonar equipment. Persistent rain kept the river level too high and the current too fast for divers to retrieve the truck until Sunday.

 

MIKE PARSON CONFIRMS MISSOURI WILL ALLOW REFUGEES

 

Gov. Mike Parson says Missouri will consent to taking in lawfully admitted refugees.

Parson announced his decision Tuesday in response to an executive order issued in September by President Donald Trump that required governors to publicly agree to accept refugees.

Refugees would not be allowed to automatically come to states where governors refuse consent, even if cities and counties welcome them.

Parson said in a statement that Missouri would agree to continue to resettle lawfully admitted refugees in communities that request them.

He noted the state has a long history of refugee resettlement and many former refugees have become vital members of their communities.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT ON PARIS ROAD

 

Columbia Police officers responded to the 2700 block of Paris Road in reference to reports of shots fired at approximately 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31. Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area for evidence. During the investigation, officers located one victim who sustained life-threatening gunshot wounds and was transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical treatment. Columbia Police, with the assistance of a CPD K-9 began searching for any suspect(s) involved. No suspect(s) was located. At this time there is no description of the suspect to provide. Detectives are actively investigating this incident. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




December 31, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday, December 24, 2019, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1900 block of Lakeview Rd. in reference to a church being burglarized during the previous 48 hours.  Information from alert citizens led to officers identifying two people involved in the burglary and other related crimes.  On Friday, December 27, 2019, Christopher S Zalucky, age 25, and Phillip J Sledge, age 31, both of Mexico, were arrested for their involvement.  Both were processed at MPSD and released pending formal charges by the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney.  

 

On Sunday, 12/29/19 at approximately 6:17AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to Murphy’s Oil in the 4800 block of S Clark Street in reference to a gasoline spill.  Responding personnel learned that when gasoline was being delivered a few gallons spilled onto the concrete.  Staff from Murphy’s Oil worked with personnel from Mexico Public Safety to clean the spill.  There was no indication on scene that the gasoline entered the storm drains and there was not a time there was an apparent safety hazard.

 

JEFFERSON CITY WOMAN KILLED IN MONDAY ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City woman is dead after an accident on U.S. Highway 54 Monday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 68 year old Pamela Carsten of Jefferson City was eastbound on U.S. Highway 54 at around 11:50 a.m. Monday when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  Carsten was taken by MU Air Care to University Hospital in Columbia where she was pronounced dead.

 

 




December 30, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED SUNDAY ON RALEIGH DRIVE

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots heard Sunday, Dec. 29 at approximately 6:00 a.m. in the 1500 block of Raleigh Drive.

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area for evidence and several shell casings were found. During the investigation officers did not locate anyone with injuries or confirm any property damage. Broken glass was found in the street suggesting that a car might have been struck, however it was not located. All area hospital emergency departments were notified; none reported treating any gunshot wound victims.

While conducting the investigation for the shots fired call, probable cause was established to request and serve a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Raleigh Drive. E’Kayleon Spain-Prince, 18, of Columbia was arrested on multiple charges. A complete list of charges was not available at the time this press release was published. 

The shots fired call remains an active investigation and no additional information is available.

Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

OFFICIALS GRANT MARIJUANA LICENSE TO MACON COMPANY

 

Missouri officials have granted licenses to 60 of the more than 500 companies that applied to grow marijuana for the state's fledgling medical cannabis industry.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced the winning applicants Thursday, just days after the state awarded licenses to companies seeking to transport cannabis products. Testing facilities were licensed earlier this month. One of the companies approved was Agri-Genesis LLC. The Macon-based company had three applications approved. The Associated Press reports that the other winners included Blue Arrow Holdings LLC, a newly formed company that plans to retrofit a building in the long-shuttered Lempt Brewery complex in St. Louis to grow cannabis indoors.

 




Weekend Report- December 28-29, 2019

 

TROY WOMAN KILLED IN CHRISTMAS NIGHT CRASH  

 

A Troy woman was killed in a Christmas night crash in Lincoln County.  32 year old Elizabeth Rutledge was on Route H when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, she overcorrected, returned to the road and overturned and was ejected from it.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A St. Peters driver was injured in an accident that occurred at 9:35pm Saturday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Aleksamdra Kolson was westbound on I-70 when she lost control and her car ran off the left side of the road and struck the concrete median barrier.  She was transported by ambulance to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK

 

A man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Jefferson County.  37 year old Joseph Kozemczak of Bonne Terre was on US 67 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the cable barriers and a sign, then reentered the road and overturned.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 




December 27, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday at 3:50 pm, Mexico Public Safety Department was called to the 1900 block of Lakeview regarding a reported burglary.  They found that the suspect entered the building and gained access to the office sometime between Sunday and the time of discovery.  An amount of cash was taken.  The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Mexico Public Safety or Audrain Area Crime Stoppers.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ATTEMPTED ROBBERY AT COMMERCE BANK

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of an attempted robbery at Commerce Bank, 2000 Bernadette Drive on Thursday at approximately 10:15 a.m. The preliminary investigation revealed that a single suspect entered the bank requesting an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as a white male, around 20 years old. He was last observed wearing a black jacket, a white shirt and blue jeans. He was described as wearing glasses, having short curly hair and having moles on his face. The suspect was identified as River Reed Godfrey, 20, of Independence, Missouri, and was taken into custody for attempted robbery by the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) and Callaway County Sheriff’s Department in the 3000 block of County Road 211 in Kingdom City, Missouri.  Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES HOLIDAY TRAFFIC NUMBERS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports two people died in traffic crashes during the 30-hour 2019 Christmas holiday counting period. The 2019 Christmas counting period ran from 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 24, 2019, through 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, December 25, 2019. 

2019 Christmas Holiday Traffic Statistics:

Troopers investigated the following: 
Traffic
 Crashes ― 91
Traffic Crash
 Injuries ― 23
Traffic Crash
 Fatalities  2
DWI ―
 18

There were no boating crashes or drownings over the 2019 Christmas holiday counting period.
Both fatalities occurred in the Troop C, Weldon Spring, area, on Christmas Day, December 25, 2019.

 




December 26, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY AT APARTMENT BUILDING

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Campus View apartments on Tuesday, Dec. 24 at approximately 1:10 p.m. Two suspects approached a food delivery provider and implied they had a gun, however no weapon was displayed or observed. The victim did sustain a minor injury from being punched by one of the suspects. The suspects, both described as black males wearing dark clothing, fled the scene without taking any property or money from the victim. Both were last seen heading southeast from Campus View Apartments on foot. A Columbia Police K-9 unit was used and began to track the suspects, however it was unable to locate them. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

CAR FIRE DESTROYS NORTH MISSOURI MACHINE SHED

 

A car fire destroys a machine shed in northeast Missouri. The call came in just before 9:00 a.m. Monday in rural Clark County on CR 256. According to our sister station, KHQA, when fire crews arrived, the extended three-bay machine shed was fully engulfed in flames. Due to the intense heat from the fire, firefighters attacked the fire with two hose lines in the yard before moving closer. Once the fire was knocked down, firefighters put out hot spots, fuel fires, and other areas to access the shed. In the fire, a stock trailer, a personal vehicle, a tractor, and a pickup truck were lost in addition to four large hay bales, feed, and an assortment of tools, equipment and animal supplies. The fire did not injure the homeowner's nearby horse and did not spread to the home in the vicinity of the shed. The Clark County Fire Department, Wyaconda Fire Department, and Gorin Fire Department all responded to this call.

 

 




December 24, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Sunday at 8:23 pm, Mexico Department of Public Safety was called to the 1300 block of Falcon regarding a residential fire.  The first arriving officers found moderate smoke and fire in the garage of the house.  The fire was extinguished with moderate damage to the garage, and light smoke throughout the home. The fire appeared to have been started at an overloaded power strip. There were no injuries.

 

MSHP: HAVE A SAFE CHRISTMAS SEASON

 

Office parties, family gatherings, and school programs mark a busy holiday season. Listening to Christmas carols is commonplace as people work, wrap presents, and bake cookies. These are sounds everyone wants to hear during the holidays. Unfortunately, other sounds, like breaking glass, crunching metal, and calls for assistance, are heard all too often ... no matter what season it is. The Missouri State Highway Patrol asks motorists to make safety a priority this Christmas season. 

Last year during the 108-hour Christmas counting period, there were 1,155 traffic crashes. In those crashes, 11 people were killed and another 421 were injured. During the 2018 Christmas holiday, troopers arrested 106 people for driving while impaired. 

The 2019 Christmas holiday counting period begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, December 25, 2019.

If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This emergency number will ring into the nearest Highway Patrol headquarters. Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or observe a stranded motorist in need of assistance, or other traffic emergencies. 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED STATEWIDE ON NEXT TWO WEDNESDAYS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 25, 2019, in observance of Christmas Day. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, December 26, 2019.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020, in observance of New Year’s Day. Normal operations will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

 


 




December 23, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 8:40am Sunday in Franklin County.  60 year old Michael LeRoney of Union, MO was on Old Highway 50 when his truck traveled across the center line and off the left side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in St. Louis County.  18 year old Justin Johnson of St. John. MO was eastbound on I-70 when his car ran off the right side of the road, became airborne and overturned.  He was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A Hillsboro driver was hurt in a Sunday night crash in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Jeremiah Brake was on the ramp from I-55 to Eastbound I-255 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the guardrail and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




December 20, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN THURSDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A Florissant man was killed in a Thursday night accident in St. Louis City.  29 year old Chaz Potter was northbound on I-55 and driving too fast for conditions when he lost control and his car ran off the right side of the road and the rear of it struck a tree.  He was taken to St. Louis University Hospital where he died from his injuries a short time later.

 

DRIVER KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A driver was killed in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 4:45pm Thursday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 50 year old Mark Winistoerfer of Villa Ridge, MO was on St. Louis Rock Road when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road and he overcorrected, causing it to overturn and eject him from the vehicle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

 

LOUISIANA MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A Louisiana man was injured in a Thursday afternoon crash in Pike County.  58 year old Maurice Lawson was on Pike County Road 134 when he lost control and his truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.  He was transported by ambulance to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

  




December 19, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 2:05PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 100 block of W Monroe in reference to vehicle striking a person.  Responding personnel learned that Rick Pratt, age 53 of Mexico, was walking between two vehicles which were both backing out of parking spaces, when one of the vehicles, a 2012 Nissan being driven by Melanie Helling, age 44 of Mexico, struck him.  Pratt suffered minor injuries but was not taken from the scene by ambulance.

 

CERES STATUE RETURNES TO THE MISSOURI CAPITOL DOME

 

A statue of a Roman goddess that stood on the dome of the Missouri State Capitol for 94 years has returned to its perch. The statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture, was lifted to the top of the Capitol dome Tuesday. The 10-foot, 1,407-pound statue was taken down last year and structural and cosmetic repairs after years of wear and lightning strikes. 
Last week, state Rep. Mike Moon, a Republican from Ash Grove, asked Gov. Mike Parson to stop the statue's return, saying Ceres was a "false god" that should not be on the state Capitol.

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL POSTS SAFETY REMINDERS FOR HOLIDAY SEASON

 

As the celebration of a new year gets closer, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to stay safe during the holiday season.

According to a release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, during last year’s 102-hour New Year’s holiday counting period, 11 people died and 447 people were injured in 1,301 traffic crashes. Thus, a person was killed or injured every 13.4 minutes during that time frame.
The release also says:

 

“Many Missourians will plan special events to welcome 2020. Everyone knows a successful event includes planning, and the most important details should focus on the safety of every guest. As you drive to your New Year’s celebration, remember to buckle up and make sure all your passengers do the same. Remember that you are transporting special cargo, so pay attention and obey all traffic laws. Be a courteous driver: When in doubt, yield the right-of-way. Be sure to use your turn signal to communicate your intentions. The posted speed limit reflects the roadway's classification and is not a suggestion! There’s no reason to speed—the party starts after you arrive safely. Driving is a responsibility you should take seriously.
The 2020 New Year’s 30-hour holiday counting period is from 6 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. 
If your plans include alcohol, remember that nothing ruins a party like a DWI arrest or a drinking-related traffic crash on your way home. If you’re driving, you should be the designated driver. Otherwise, make sure your group has one before you get to the party. The roadway is no place for a driver who has been drinking. If you cause a traffic crash, your New Year might begin with being arrested, facing legal fees and medical bills, and perhaps jail time! You could lose your license and will have to face your family and friends. If you kill or injure someone, you’ll pay the price for the rest of your life. No one wants to begin 2020 in jail. Be smart! Designate a sober driver utilize a ride share service or taxi.
Before you travel, check road conditions by calling 1-888-275-6636. Allow extra time during inclement weather or consider staying home. Remember: Missouri law states if you’re using your windshield wipers, your headlights must be turned on.” 

 

 




December 18, 2019

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MORGAN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Barnett woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 9:20pm Tuesday in Morgan County.  27 year old Laura Harnden was on Highway 52 when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

An Elsberry man was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Lincoln County.  29 year old Louis Houston was on Route W when his truck ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

THREE SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY CRASH

 

Three Foley residents were seriously injured in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 35 year old Nicole Bickell was on Route W when her car crossed the center line and was struck in the passenger side by a Jeep Liberty driven by 34 year old Jeremy Whitman.  Both drivers were taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries, while a passenger in her car a 14 year old girl was taken to St. Louis Children’s Hospital with serious injuries.

 




December 17, 2019

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENT WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE J

 

Weather permitting, Dec. 18, MoDOT will close Montgomery County Route J from North Turkey Ridge Road to Montgomery County Route N north of Mineola, for a culvert replacement. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

From Sunday, December 15 through the early morning hours of Monday, December 16 as winter weather moved through mid-Missouri, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to 13 incidents of vehicle slide-offs, stranded motorists, and crashes.  There were no injuries during any of these incidents.

 

Additionally, on the 15th at approximately 11:51AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to a crash on E. Liberty (US Highway 54) near Littleby Rd.  Arriving personnel found that a 2008 Toyota, being driven eastbound by Nicholas Andrew, age 36 of Jefferson City, crossed the centerline and collided with a 2015 Buick that was being driven westbound by Alice Doerge, age 58 of Mexico.  Extrication equipment was used to safely remove Doerge and the other occupants of the Buick.  Audrain Ambulance District transported Andrew and the other occupant of the Toyota and Doerge and the other two occupants of the Buick to University Hospital for treatment of their injuries.  None of the injuries appeared life threatening on scene and personnel were on scene for about one hour.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY AT STEAK N’ SHAKE

 

Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Steak ‘n Shake, 1912 W. Worley Street, on Dec. 15, at approximately 5:50 p.m. Two suspects entered the store, sat down and ate a meal. After finishing their meal, the male suspect displayed a handgun at the register while demanding money. The suspects left with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

The two suspects left the store in a vehicle, heading westbound from the store, towards N. Stadium Blvd., in what was described as a dark Jeep SUV. One suspect is described as a white male, in his 30’s, approximately 300 pounds, approximately 5’6" with black hair and a goatee. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a black jacket and a grey shirt. The other suspect is described as a white female, in her 30’s, approximately 5’8", with dark red hair and black eyeglasses. At the time of the incident, she was described as wearing red leggings, black boots and a dark brown jacket. 
There is no further information to provide at this time, as this is an active investigation. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




December 16, 2019

 

WINTER WEATHER COULD CAUSE MORE COMMUTE ISSUES MONDAY

 

Winter weather conditions will continue through Sunday night, and a second round of mixed precipitation is expected to spread across much of Missouri early Monday morning and continue throughout the day. The Missouri Department of Transportation is recommending that people delay their Monday morning commute or stay home if possible. This second wave has the potential to produce more snow, ice and freezing rain. There is also a possibility of refreezing Monday afternoon.

MoDOT crews are treating roads and bridges and will remain on duty until the winter weather is finished and the roads are clear. To check current road conditions, please go to MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org. The map is also available as a free app for Apple and Android devices.

Here are some safe driving tips if you must travel during inclement weather:

  • Give yourself extra time to reach your destination
  • Slow down and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and others
  • Remember to stay at least six car lengths back from snowplows and equipment – plowed snow can create a cloud that can blind drivers following too closely
  • If your wipers are on, keep your headlights on – it’s the law
  • Please wear your safety belt and don’t drive distracted – Buckle Up Phone Down

MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Call 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK

 

A Ballwin woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Montgomery County.  43 year old Stephanie Gray was westbound on I-70 when she lost control and her truck ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN KILLED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A teen was killed in an accident that occurred at 12:10pm Sunday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Nathan Clingman of Steedman, MO was on MO 94 when his vehicle slid off the south side of the roadway and overturned, partially ejecting him and then it came to rest on its top.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 




Weekend Report- December 14-15, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 12:40am Friday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 73 year old James Ambrose of Defiance, MO was on Highway 94 when his car crossed the center line and traveled off the left side of the roadway, crossed two driveways, struck the ground, an embankment, became airborne, struck several trees and came to rest in a ditch.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A St. Louis driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in St. Louis City.  23 year old Algie Williams IV was eastbound on I-44 when his car struck the left concrete median barrier, crossed over the lanes and hit a retaining wall on the right.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY CRASH

 

A Fenton man was hurt in an early Sunday morning crash in Jefferson County.  27 year old Dustin Hudson was on Highway 141 when his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck a traffic signal post and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




December 13, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday at approximately 11:55AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of Huntingfield Rd. and Teal Lake Rd. when alert citizens noticed a vehicle in a creek with the driver still inside.  Responding personnel learned that Edna Willis, age 85 of Mexico, was driving her 2015 Ford southbound on Huntingfield Rd. when she drove off the west side of the roadway, through some brush, and into the creek.  Staff from Audrain Ambulance District and MPSD removed Willis and she was transported to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain where she was treated and discharged. 

 

On Tuesday at approximately 12:49PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 700 block of N Washington in reference to a disturbance involving a gun being fired.  Responding personnel learned that the boyfriend of a resident in that area had arrived and the two began arguing.  During the argument, the boyfriend fired a gun one time, and the two left the scene.  Officers spoke with both subjects on the phone as well as some of the woman’s family, and the investigation is continuing to determine appropriate charges.  There were no injuries or property damage during the incident.

 

WREATH ACROSS AMERICA: MISSOURIANS STEP UP TO HONOR FALLEN VETS

 

Missouri veterans, military families, community leaders and other volunteers will be part of a national event Saturday (12/14) honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the country. Wreaths will be placed at veterans' graves in 11 Missouri cemeteries as part of the annual "Wreaths Across America" event.

During the busy holiday season, hundreds of Missourians will pause to remember fallen veterans as part of a national event. On "Wreaths Across America Day" this Saturday, volunteers in all 50 states will place wreaths on veterans’ headstones at more than 16-hundred locations. Eleven ceremonies are planned in Missouri, including at Higginsville Veterans Cemetery. David Meyer with the American Legion Riders 258 is organizing the event, which he says brings joy to veterans’ families, who sometimes feel their loved ones' sacrifices have been forgotten.

Wreaths Across America started in the early 1990s, with five-thousand wreaths placed at Arlington National Cemetery. In 2018, nearly one-point-eight million wreaths were placed, each with the name of a veteran spoken aloud.

 




December 12, 2019

 

MEN INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Two men were injured, one seriously in an accident that occurred at 8:55am Wednesday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 34 year old Jasson McCormick of St. Louis became distracted as he spilled his coffee, causing his vehicle to veer onto a concrete island on MO 30 and struck a sign, a light pole, a stop light and a crash attenuator post.  He suffered moderate injuries, while his passenger 20 year old Dylan Murray of Valle Mines, MO sustained serious injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

TWO HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

Two men were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Cooper County.  34 year old Joey Hampton of Jefferson City was on Country Club Drive and driving around a curve when his Chevy Suburban traveled off the right side of the road, struck a concrete wall and overturned.  Both the driver and his passenger 28 year old Isaiah Laws of Macks Creek were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH

 

An unidentified teen was hurt in a Wednesday morning crash in Franklin County.  The report states that the crash occurred as the teen was on Route AJ when they swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway, causing their truck to travel off the left side of the road and strike an embankment.  The teen was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 




December 11, 2019

 

COLUMBIA AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING ARMED ROBBERY THAT OCCURRED MONDAY NIGHT

 

Columbia Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robber at Xpress Liquor & Smokes at 2101 Corona Road, on Monday, Dec. 9, at approximately 5:10 p.m. One suspect, described as possibly a white male wearing a camouflage jacket with dark pants and covering his face, entered the store and displayed a handgun. He then left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries reported. Columbia Police also offered thanks to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance in this case. The investigation continues

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE HOMICIDE AT WELCOME INN

 

Columbia Police on patrol in the area of the Welcome Inn located at 1612 N. Providence Road and observed a running vehicle in the parking lot Monday night at approximately 11:50 p.m. The officer investigating found an unresponsive male inside the vehicle with an apparent gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced dead by medical personnel on the scene. The victim has been identified as Marceino Carlous Moore, age 36, of Columbia. The investigation is continuing and anyone with additional information is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

TIS THE SEASON … FOR STRUCTURE FIRES THAT IS

 

Monday afternoon Columbia firemen were dispatched to a residential structure fire shortly after 2:30 pm at Day Flower Court. Upon entering the two-story home they encountered smoke and located a fire in a hallway that was quickly extinguished. The cause was an electrical failure of a battery operated Christmas tree.  Damage is estimated at $2,000.  Earlier in the day, Firemen were dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2712 Burrwood Drive at 1:52pm where heavy smoke and fire was coming from a window on the front of the residence. The fire was brought under control in approximately fifteen minutes. The fire originated in a closet in a bedroom.  The cause is undetermined but investigators say they cannot rule out batteries from an electric scooter.  Damage is estimated at $80,000.  A housekeeper was home at the time of the event but exited safely.  Unfortunately, a dog was found deceased. Fire fighters normally see a larger volume of calls around the holidays.

 




December 10, 2019

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A St. Louis woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 12:35am Tuesday in St. Louis County.  32 year old Tamara Gordon was eastbound on I-70 when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the concrete median barrier and overturned.  She was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital with serious injuries.

 

BOONE COUNTY TO TRANSFER OWNERSHIP OF FAIRGROUNDS TO CITY OF COLUMBIA

 

Officials from Boone County and the City of Columbia announced this past Thursday that they have reached an agreement to transfer ownership of the Boone County Fairgrounds from Boone County to the City of Columbia. A Memorandum of Understanding must now be approved by the Boone County Commission and the Columbia City Council. Highlights of the Memorandum of Understanding include:

-Transfer of 135.9 acres from the County to the City via a special warranty deed as no cash will be exchanged between the two parties. As part of the agreement, the City of Columbia agrees to convert the property into a recreation complex that will benefit all of the residents of Boone County. Park planning staff will solicit public input for the final design, but the new park could fulfill existing needs including six synthetic multi-sport turf fields, an 8-lane track and field area, four baseball/softball diamonds, two picnic shelters, an inclusive playground for children and adults of all abilities and a 29-acre agricultural park that could become the permanent home of the annual Boone County Fair. The City will also be responsible for the maintenance of the MKT Trail currently being maintained by the County and the City will honor existing leases with Veterans United Home Loans and United Parcel Service. Boone County will retain ownership of the separate 53.6-acre tract that fronts the northbound lanes of Highway 63 across from the existing fairgrounds. Boone County first purchased the fairgrounds from the Boone County Agricultural and Mechanical Society back in 1999. 

 

NEW CEO NAMED AT AREA HOSPITAL

 

Moberly Regional Medical Center will have a new Chief Executive Officer as of January 6th when Brent Parsons officially takes over. Parson’s comes to Moberly from Bluffton Regional Medical Center in Bluffton, IN and served as the SEC at that hospital since then. Parsons earned a bachelor’s of business administration, with an emphasis in finance, at Brigham Young University He earned an MHA from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities School of Public Health.  The current CEO of Moberly Regional Medical Center Ranee Brayton, will be returning to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville on a full-time basis.

 




December 9, 2019

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY CRASH INVOLVES SEVERAL AREA RESIDENTS

 

The patrol reports a multi vehicle crash around 11:50 Saturday morning in Montgomery County involved several residents. The wreck happened on MO 19 at MO 94 when 46 year old Jon F. Wolters of Jeff City was eastbound on MO 94, crossing MO 19 and pulled into the path of 42 year old Kelly L. Flake of Jonesburg and when her auto crashed into the passenger side of the Wolters pickup causing it to overturn and strike a 3rd vehicle driven by 59 year old Crystal L. Ray of Owensville. Ray and a passenger in her vehicle, 63 year old Sharon Ebker of Owensville were both transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with injuries. No other injuries were reported.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE FATAL VEHICLE/PEDISTRIAN ACCIDENT

 

That accident occurred Friday at 6:54 PM IN THE 100 BLOCK OF South College Avenue by a southbound car struck 21 year old Logan M. Warnecke of Columbia resulting in fatal injuries. The driver of the car, 21 year old Kathrine Madigan of Columbia was not injured. According to the report, the pedestrian was jogging and ran across College Avenue. He was transported to University Hospital and later died from his injuries. No arrests were made in connection with this crash, but the investigation continues.

 

BOONVILLE MAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER VEHICLE STRIKES TREE

 

A Boonville man, 36 year old Kevin C. Wade was transported to a Columbia hospital after his vehicle traveled off Howard County highway 240 and struck a tree, approximately a half a mile south of County Road 412 at 6:15 Saturday night. The patrol said Wade was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. Assistance was provided on scene by the Howard County Sheriff’s Department.

 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- December 7-8, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 3:20pm Saturday in Franklin County.  36 year old Joshua Duncan of Lonedell, MO was on Maupin Road when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from it before striking a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

  

WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A Cape Girardeau woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Warren County.  50 year old Janice Aarns was westbound on I-70 when her freightliner ran off the left side of the road, she overcorrected and it overturned.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TWO INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY CRASH

 

Two Mexico residents were injured in a Friday night crash in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Dontavis Aaron was on Route FF when his car traveled off the left side of the road, struck a ditch which ejected his passenger 21 year old Tamijah Williams before hitting a fence and becoming fully engulfed in flames.  Both were transported by ambulance to St. Mary’s Hospital in Mexico for treatment of minor to moderate injuries respectively. 

 




December 6, 2019

 

TEEN KILLED IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Hallsville teen was killed in an accident that occurred just before 2am Friday in Boone County.  The patrol says that 17 year old Hayden Holt was on Providence Road when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK

 

A Fort Leonard Wood driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday morning in Jefferson County.  18 year old Sergio Carillo was on Hillsboro House Springs Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, he overcorrected, causing his car to run off the left side of the road and strike a tree.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MISSOURI BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN

 

On Thursday the Department of Economic Development announced the start of the broadband grant program’s application period, which will allow submissions through January 7, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Projects will be prioritized that bring access to unserved areas of the state. Additional criteria include meeting or exceeding the state’s minimum definition of high-speed internet, the applicant’s share of total project costs, economic and community benefit, and adoption strategies. Applicants will be posted on the Broadband Grant webpage and the challenge process will begin on January 10.

The goal of the broadband grant program is to bring high speed internet to Missourians across the state and was created by the Missouri General Assembly in 2018 and funded during the 2019 legislative session. The grant program matches up to 50 percent of the construction costs to expand broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the state. 

 




December 5, 2019

 

SEARCH FOR MISSING COLUMBIA WOMAN CONTINUES WEDNESDAY

 

The search for a missing Chinese woman in a river in central Missouri has been called off until Wednesday.

Divers searched throughout the day Tuesday for Mengqi Ji Elledge, of Columbia, in the Lamine River in Cooper County. Divers also searched the river last week but didn't find Elledge, who has been missing since Oct. 8.

The Columbia Missourian reports after the search was called off Tuesday that police spokesman Jeff Pitts declined to say if any progress was made. Police have not said what evidence prompted them to search the river.

Police have identified her husband, Joseph Elledge, as a suspect but he isn't charged in her disappearance. He is jailed on $500,000 bond on charges of child endangerment and abuse. The couple has a 1-year-old daughter.

 

CHANGES TO TROOP F DRIVER EXAMINATION STATION TESTING SCHEDULES

 

Captain Corey J. Schoeneberg, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, announces a change to the testing schedule for the California, Versailles, Linn, and Mexico driver examination stations. The respective changes are as follows:

 

California Driver Examination Station

Effective December 6, 2019, the testing hours will change to the following:

Written Testing: 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Driving Skills Testing: 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Motorcycle Skills Testing: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Closed for lunch: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

 

Versailles and Linn Driver Examination Stations

Effective January 1, 2020, testing dates will change to the following;

Linn DE Station ― First and third Tuesday of each month

Versailles DE Station ― Second and fourth Tuesday of each month

(No changes to testing times.)

 

Mexico Driver Examination Station

Friday, December 6, and Friday, December 13, the testing times will be as follows;

Written Testing: 9:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

Driving Skills Testing: 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. & 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Motorcycle Skills Testing: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Closed for lunch: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

(This change is temporary; we return to normal operating hours on Friday, December 20.)

 

MDC REPORTS NOVEMBER FIREARMS DEER HARVEST ENDS WITH 178.936

 

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26. Of the 178,936 deer harvested, 91,420 were antlered bucks, 17,237 were button bucks, and 70,279 were does.

Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,008 deer checked, Texas with 3,734, and Callaway with 3,369.  

Last year hunters checked 200,738 deer during the 2018 November portion of firearms deer season with 103,582 being antlered bucks, 20,040 being button bucks, and 77,116 being does.

For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/

 

MDC reported six firearms-related hunting incidents during the November portion of the firearms deer season with four being self-inflicted, one non-fatal incident involving a shooter and victim, and one fatal incident involving a shooter and victim.

 

 




December 4, 2019

 

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE NEEDED TO IDENTIFY SUSPECT OF COLUMBIA DISTURBANCE

 

Columbia Police is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect of a disturbance with a weapon at We B Smokin, 2716 Paris Road, on Dec. 2, at approximately 1:00 p.m. The suspect entered the store yelling at the employee while damaging a countertop coin-operated machine with a large hammer. The suspect left the business and was last seen running southbound with an undisclosed amount of money. There were no injuries reported during the incident.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 foot 10 inches to 6 foot tall with a slender build. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing blue jeans, a dark jacket, a blue ball hat, a dark face mask, and gray gloves. There is no further information to provide as this is still an active investigation.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

PATROL TO PARTICIPATE IN PROJECT BLUE LIGHT

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announces the Missouri State Highway Patrol will again join members of Concerns of Police Survivors in paying tribute to fallen officers and showing support for law enforcement by participating in Project Blue Light. 

Thirty-one members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol have given their lives in fulfillment of the Patrol’s mission of providing service and protection to Missouri’s citizens. In honor of those 31 troopers and the more than 600 other law enforcement officers in Missouri who have made the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties, all troops and division offices will display blue lights during the 2019 holiday season. The display period will be from Monday, December 2, 2019, through Thursday, January 2, 2020.

“It’s important to honor those law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and those who continue to serve," said Colonel Olson. “Project Blue Light is a way we can show our gratitude for past and present officers from all agencies across Missouri.” 

 

 

 




December 3, 2019

 

HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES PRELIMINARY THANKSGIVING TRAFFIC INFORMATION

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released preliminary Thanksgiving Holiday traffic statistics for 2019.
The Patrol reports nine people died in traffic crashes during this year’s holiday counting period, from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 1. 
The Highway Patrol investigated the following:

 

Crashes: 404

Injuries: 166

Fatalities: 7

DWI: 94

Drug Arrests: 63

 

During the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers investigated 543 traffic crashes, which included 11 fatalities and 140 injuries. Statewide, 13 people died and 498 people were injured in 1,640 traffic crashes over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers arrested 86 people for driving while intoxicated and made 67 drug arrests during the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.

Of the seven traffic crash fatalities troopers investigated, five fatalities occurred in the Troop C, St. Louis area, one fatality occurred in the Troop B, Macon, Mo., area, and one fatality occurred in the Troop D, Springfield, Mo., area.

One person died in a traffic crash on November 28, 2019.

Michael J. Scarborough, 54, of Catawissa, Mo., died when the vehicle he was driving began to spin on wet pavement as it traveled up an incline. The vehicle spun clockwise and traveled off the right side of the road and went down an embankment before striking a tree. The crash occurred on Missouri Highway 21 north of Castle Ranch Road in Jefferson County. Valley Ambulance EMS personnel pronounced Scarborough dead at the scene. Scarborough was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

Three people died in traffic crashes on November 29, 2019.

 

Robyn P. Schupp, 54, of Marthasville, Mo., and Barb A. Boeshansz, 63, of Obetz, Ohio, died when their vehicle skidded across the center line and impacted a second vehicle. Schupp was driving too fast for conditions. The crash occurred on Missouri Route D at Lake 27 on the August A. Busch Wildlife Conservation Area in St. Charles County. The second vehicle came to rest in a ditch; that driver sustained serious injuries in the crash. Dr. Brian Ullery pronounced Schupp deceased at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. J. Mahlick pronounced Boeshansz deceased at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon, MO. All three people were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash.

 

Paul D. Scaglione, 88, of Dittmer, Mo., died when another vehicle traveled across the center line and struck the vehicle he was driving. The crash occurred on Missouri Route B north of Janssen's Lake Drive in Jefferson County. A passenger in Scaglione's vehicle sustained serious injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck the Scaglione vehicle sustained serious injuries. Big River Ambulance personnel pronounced Scaglione deceased at the scene. Scaglione and his passenger were wearing their seat belts. The driver of the other vehicle was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Three drownings occurred on November 30, 2019.

 

Two juvenile males died when the vehicle in which they were passengers traveled into a flooded crossing. The vehicle was swept away with all occupants entering the water. The driver sustained moderate injuries; a third juvenile occupant sustained serious injuries. The third juvenile passenger was in a child restraint. It is unknown if the two fatalities and the driver were using safety devices. The incident occurred on County Road 356 southeast of Patton, Mo., at Little White Water Creek Crossing in Bollinger County. Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings pronounced both juvenile males deceased at the scene.

 

Todd P. Dean, 48, of Mandeville, La., died when he drove his vehicle into a flooded crossing and the vehicle was swept downstream. The incident occurred on County Road 234 one mile from Sedgewickville, Mo., in Bollinger County. Bollinger County Coroner Charles Hutchings pronounced Dean deceased at the scene. Dean was wearing a seat belt.

 

There were no boating crashes, zero boating fatalities, and no boating while intoxicated arrests reported during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.

 




December 2, 2019

 

BRIDGE WORK PLANNED FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE E AT BEAR CREEK

 

Weather permitting, Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 9-12, MoDOT will have traffic reduced to one lane on Montgomery County Route E from 0.25 mile north to 0.25 mile south of Bear Creek Bridge, located north of Montgomery Route JJ, for bridge work.  The work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place.  Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

STRONG WINDS CAUSE DAMAGE IN MEXICO

 

Extremely strong winds moved through the Mexico area during the early morning hours of Wednesday, 11/27/19.  MPSD responded to or located numerous incidents of items in the roadway such as branches, trash cans, or outdoor household items.  The globe of a street light and a street sign had become detached and were located in the roadway around the City Square.  Most items located were removed from the roadway by officers.  A power line was pulled from a pole in the 400 block of S Clark and was hanging low.  Ameren was called to address the issue.  Another line was damaged from a fallen limb, causing a short power outage in the south part of Mexico.  Ameren responded to resolve that issue as well.  As of this time there are no confirmed reports of damaged personal property and there have been no injuries from the event.

 

FIRE REPORT IN MEXICO

 

On Wednesday, November 27 at approximately 12:44 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1200 block of N Clark in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel learned that a caretaker of a property in that block had been burning leaves and yard waste earlier and thought the fire was extinguished.  As winds increased, the fire rekindled and began blowing across the property.  The fire was contained and extinguished with no other property being damaged.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

 

 




November 27, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS  

 

On Monday at approximately 7:51 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1800 block of Country Place Ct in reference to a possible fire in the wall of a bedroom.  Responding personnel found that an electrical outlet failed, causing it to arc and melt, scorching some of the wall and insulation material around the outlet box.  The outlet was removed from the wall and the electrical circuit for the outlet was shut down until an electrician could make further repairs.  There was a lamp plugged into the outlet at the time.  There were no injuries from the incident. 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES APPROVES MORE THAN $200,000 IN GRANTS FOR FIVE COMMUNITIES

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded a total of $216,000 in Small Community Engineering Assistance Program grants to five communities to evaluate their wastewater systems. The grant offers funding to qualifying small communities to help cover engineering costs for evaluating wastewater system improvements.

Receiving grant funding are the cities of Mendon ($32,000), New Florence ($50,000), Rockaway Beach ($40,000), Seneca ($44,000) and Wheaton ($50,000). Each city will use the grants to identify improvements needed to reduce inflow and infiltration of stormwater into sewer collection pipes. Engineering reports funded through the grant will be complete within the next two years.  

The department is committed to assisting Missouri communities with water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects. Through its Financial Assistance Center, the department provides funding opportunities for communities with water quality, wastewater and drinking water infrastructure needs.

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL ANNOUNCES NEW AMBER ALERT SYSTEM

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol has announced the Patrol has launched an upgraded Missouri AMBER Alert system that streamlines the process to get alerts to the public faster. The new system includes wireless emergency alerts, automated social media alerts, and a public website, www.moalerts.mo.gov, which provides the latest information on AMBER Alerts active in Missouri at any time.
The new Patrol alert system directly utilizes FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) to deliver AMBER Alert messages to cellular carriers, eliminating a step in the previous system, which first delivered alert messages to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for distribution.
Each AMBER Alert will include photos and descriptions of the missing child and suspect, if available. The new system’s automatic alert updates are designed to reduce the possibility that outdated information will continue to be shared on social media. This new system also will automatically update the Patrol's Facebook and GHQ Twitter accounts.
The Mo-Alerts website allows members of the media and public to subscribe to emailed AMBER Alerts. Subscribers receive immediate notification any time details contained within an active AMBER Alert are updated. Anyone interested may subscribe to Mo-Alerts by going to 
www.moalerts.mo.gov, selecting “Subscribe to Mo-Alerts” on the left side of the webpage, entering their email address, and clicking “Subscribe.” Subscribers will receive a verification email and must click on the link provided to complete the process. 

 

 




November 26, 2019

 

MISSOURI KILLING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN ARIZONA

 

Authorities say a suspect in a Missouri killing has been arrested in Arizona more than 10 months after he was charged.
The Boone County, Missouri, Sheriff's Department said in a news release that 60-year-old Garland Wisley was taken into custody Saturday in San Luis, Arizona, as he was trying to make his way back from Mexico. He is awaiting extradition to Missouri, where he is charged with second degree murder and armed criminal action in the Jan. 13 death of 38-year-old John Albers. Charging documents say that witnesses reported Wisley and Albers were arguing over a handgun before the shooting.
Wisley has a long criminal record. At the time of the shooting, he was being sought on a failure to appear warrant for sentencing on drug possession and trespassing charges.

 

MINOR INJURIES IN HIGHWAY 54 BYPASS CRASH

 

On Friday, November 22 at approximately 12:14 PM the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the US Highway 54 bypass, approximately one mile north of the S. Clark exit, in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that a 2015 Ford being driven by Charles G Rose, Jr. age 60 of Middletown, was proceeding eastbound, when the vehicle crossed the centerline.  The Ford struck the rear tires of trailer being pulled westbound by a Peterbilt semi driven by Ethan Looney, age 26 of Arkansas.  The Ford then continued into the westbound lane and struck a 2019 Dodge pickup-truck being driven westbound by Diamond A Zaferis, age 62, of Arizona.  The Ford had two children inside and the Dodge had three other occupants.  There were only minor injuries reported and no one was transported for medical attention.  Traffic on the bypass was slowed to one lane until about 1:15 PM.  

 

COLUMBIA TEEN INJURED AFTER BEING STRUCK ON BIKE


A Columbia teenager is injured after being struck by an SUV while on his bicycle Sunday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 14 year old Columbia resident whose name will not be released was riding his bicycle at the intersection of Route VV and Mauller Road at 9:11 a.m. when he failed to yield to an oncoming vehicle. A vehicle driven by 54 year old Robert Livesay of Missoula, Montana struck the teenager in the intersection. The teen was taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




November 25, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO TWO WEEKEND SHOTS FIRED REPORTS

Columbia Police officers responded to the 2500 block of Shepard Blvd. to a report of shots fired on Saturday at approximately 11:45 p.m. 
Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located evidence of gunshots being fired. Later an 18-year-old male arrived at a local emergency room for treatment of a non-life threatening gunshot wound to an arm.
There is no suspect description or any further information to provide at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.


Columbia Police officers responded to the 1500 block of Riva Ridge Court to a report of shots fired on Thursday at approximately 9:20 p.m. Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area for evidence. Officers located shell casings along with damage to a residence in the 1500 block of Riva Ridge Road as a result of gunshots, but no injuries were reported. There is no suspect description or any further information to provide at this time, as this is an ongoing investigation. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

INVESTIGATORS IDENTIFY BODIES AS MISSING WISCONSIN BROTHERS

 

Investigators in Missouri have now positively identified human remains as those of two Wisconsin brothers who went missing after visiting a Missouri farm in July 2019.
The Caldwell County Sheriff's Office announced Friday afternoon that the remains of Nicholas Diemel were recovered on a farm outside Braymer, Missouri.
Justin Diemel's remains were recovered November 15, 2019, in a livestock trailer in Lincoln County, Nebraska.
A Nebraska rancher reported he found human remains inside the trailer he had bought in Missouri. The rancher told deputies he found the remains inside a plastic tub that was filled with dirt.
Sheriff Jerry Galloway said dental records confirmed both identifications.
The Missouri farmer accused of killing the two brothers from Wisconsin is Garland "Joey" Nelson, 25, of Braymer, Missouri.
Nelson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of abandonment of a corpse, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, two counts of armed criminal action, tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Investigators said Nelson fatally shot the Diemels on his farm outside Braymer in July. His neighbors reported hearing multiple gunshots on the day the two were killed.
Nelson is being held without bond.

 




Weekend Report- November 23-24, 2019

 

ST. LOUIS MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A St. Louis man was killed in an accident that occurred at 11:55pm Saturday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 34 year old Oney Hellems was lying in the roadway on Evergreen Boulevard when he was struck and killed by a car driven by 32 year old Kendra Jenkins of St. Louis.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Fayette driver was hurt in an early Saturday morning crash in Howard County.  22 year old Sndrew Simmons was on Highway 240 when he attempted to avoid a deer, causing his car to travel off the right side of the road into a ditch.  He refused medical treatment for minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in St. Charles County.  38 year old Charles Kavin Jr. of Cottleville, MO was eastbound on I-64 and driving too fast for the wet road conditions when his car slid off the left side of the roadway and struck the median wall.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




November 22, 2019

 

WORK CONTINUES ON REPLACEMENT OF LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE ON I-70

 

Work continues on the replacement of the Loutre River Bridge on westbound Interstate 70. “The first stages of construction are now complete including rebuilding the right shoulder along with the first section of the new bridge which is now carrying traffic” said Missouri Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Rick Domzalski.  “With this milestone reached, crews will now be able to work behind the temporary traffic barrier during daylight hours to demolish the old bridge and continue constructing the remainder of the new bridge” added Domzalski.

While two lanes of traffic will still be open throughout most of the project, the speed limit will remain reduced to 60 mph, and the lanes will be 10’9”, with narrowed shoulders throughout the remainder of the project.

He explained the extra bridge width built in the median to maintain two lanes of traffic during this project will be available for any future expansion of the interstate.

The project was awarded by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to Phillips Hardy for $5.4 million and includes replacement of the westbound bridge.  The work is expected to be fully completed by August 2020.

 

PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

 

A pedestrian was injured after an accident on the campus of the University of Missouri Wednesday. According to the University’s Police Department, a pedestrian was taken to the hospital and a driver was ticketed after the crash occurred on University Avenue in Columbia on Wednesday night.

Columbia firefighters and MUPD responded to the 1100 block of University Avenue around 9 p.m. after a report of a motor vehicle accident. According to MUPD, the driver of the vehicle was given a ticket for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

 

ESCAPED MISSOURI INMATE FOUND IN DELAWARE

 

An inmate who escaped from the same northern Missouri jail twice was captured more than 1,100 miles away.

The U.S. Marshals Service discovered Drake Kately, 27, on Tuesday in Delaware.

Kately was discovered living in a makeshift hut in the wilderness when he was detained.

Authorities say Kately escaped from the Mercer County Jail in Princeton in September 2019 after tearing a hole in the back wall of his cell with a wooden board that he somehow obtained.

The back wall of the cell was made of a heavy screen-like material. Authorities say the inmate bored a hole through that material with the board, allowing him to get into the basement of the jail and escape through the basement door.

He was being held there on multiple charges, including assault.

It was thought Kately fled to Kansas City, but investigators there learned that the fugitive was likely in Delaware.

The U.S. Marshals Service in the District of Delaware discovered Kately in a wooded area, hiding in a shack he had constructed out of leaves and a fallen tree. Kately's clothes were reportedly hanging from a tree branch.

Kately is in custody in Delaware while he waits to be transferred back to Missouri.

 

 




November 21, 2019

 

WOMAN’S BODY FOUND NEAR TROY, HUSBAND CHARGED.

 

The body found during a search near Troy, Missouri, has been positively identified as that of a St. Louis County woman who disappeared this month. St. Louis County police on Wednesday said the body of 28-year-old Jennifer Rothwell was found Monday night. Her husband, Beau Rothwell, is jailed without bond on charges of second-degree murder and evidence tampering.

Jennifer Rothwell was a chemical engineer who was reported missing Nov. 12. Her car was found abandoned near the couple's home.

A probable cause statement says Beau Rothwell was spotted Nov. 11 on video purchasing bleach, carpet cleaner and gloves. He was arrested Nov. 13 after a search of the home.

Police say Beau Rothwell provided information that helped lead authorities to his wife's body.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER AFTER CRASH VICTIM DIES

 

A Columbia woman is facing manslaughter charges after the death of a man cleaning up after a bike race.

23 year old Regine McCracken of Columbia is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of Randall Siddens. Siddens died Monday from injuries he suffered in the May 5 crash, requiring extensive medical treatment.

McCracken was originally charged with assault and careless driving in July. Police say McCracken was using her cellphone for a video call at the time of the crash and was driving 68 mph in a 55 mph zone on Grindstone Avenue.

Investigators determined McCracken's vehicle hit a parked vehicle and two pedestrians. According to a probable cause statement one of the men was thrown nearly 130 feet.

Boone County assistant prosecutor Nicholas Komoroski filed a motion Monday to revoke McCracken's $50,000 bond. Police arrested McCracken when charges were first filed and she bonded out.

Komoroski's motion asked for a $50,000 cash-only bond and for a warrant to be issued for McCracken's arrest

 




November 20, 2019

 

NEBRASKA REMAINS COULD BE CONNECTED TO DEATH OF WISCONSIN BROTHERS

 

Nebraska authorities say human remains found in a stock trailer could be those of at least one of two Wisconsin brothers who prosecutors say were fatally shot by a Missouri farmer.
Lincoln County Sheriff Chief Deputy Roland Kramer said Monday that a rancher near Hershey, Nebraska, found the remains mixed with dirt in a plastic tub inside the trailer he recently purchased in Missouri.
Garland Nelson, a 25-year-old Missouri farmer, is accused of fatally shooting 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 24-year-old Justin Diemel, of Wisconsin, then burning their bodies and dumping them in a manure pile. He faces two counts of first-degree murder.
Relatives say the brothers traveled to Nelson's farm to collect on a $250,000 debt.
Kramer says Missouri authorities confirmed the remains could belong to one of the brothers.

 

COLUMBIA SEARCH LEADS TO PURSUIT


Columbia Police detectives from the Street Crimes Unit (SCU) with assistance from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) served a search warrant at a residence, 4001 Oakland Gravel Road, Apt. 202 on Tuesday, Nov. 19. While conducting the search warrant, one person fled in a vehicle, which initiated a vehicle pursuit. 
The pursuit began in the 4000 block of Oakland Gravel Road and ended in the vicinity of East Sir Barton Drive and Gallant Fox Drive when CPD used a spike strip to disable the vehicle. The sole occupant exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A helicopter was in the air and maintained surveillance on the fleeing suspect while officers maintained a perimeter. The suspect was located in a wooded area in the vicinity of East Sir Barton Drive and Gallant Fox Drive. He was taken into custody without any further incident. 
Several schools in the area were put on "hold and secure." This prevents anyone from entering or exiting the school building. At no time was the suspect attempting to get into any school. The schools included in the "hold and secure" were Derby Ridge Elementary, Blue Ridge Elementary, Oakland Middle, Lange Middle and the Center for Early Learning-North.
Inside the residence and vehicle, officers located a total of five firearms, two of which were reported as stolen, and approximately one ounce of heroin.
The suspect, identified as Joseph Andrew Luckett Jr., 25, of Columbia, has been charged with the following: resisting arrest for a felony, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, five counts of convicted felon in possession of firearm, two counts of stealing (firearm), misdemeanor stealing, and delivery/distribution of a controlled substance.
There is no further information to release at this time. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

NUMBERS FROM FIRST WEEKEND OF FIREARMS SEASON RELEASED

Now that the first weekend for deer firearms season is in the books, just how many deer were harvested around the state of Missouri? And how many of those deer were harvested from counties in northeast Missouri?
During the first weekend of deer firearms season, nearly 90,000 deer were harvested around the state, however, that is approximately 10,000 deer less than opening weekend of deer firearms season in 2018.
In northeast Missouri, Macon County saw the highest amount of harvested deer with roughly 1,000, followed by Adair and Linn Counties with almost 950 harvested deer during opening weekend.
Deer firearms season concludes on November 26; however, deer archery season opens November 27 and will last through January 15.

 




November 19, 2019

 

TROY MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Troy man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6:50am Monday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 22 year old Justin Meyer was on Highway H when he failed to negotiate a turn, causing his vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to overturn and return to the road and kept overturning off the left side of the roadway before ejecting the driver.  He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A St. Charles driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Tuesday morning in St. Charles County.  43 year old Jeffrey Coleman was eastbound on I-64 and driving too fast for wet road conditions when his car ran off the left side of the road and the front of it struck the concrete wall, rotated and then the rear struck the concrete wall.  He was transported by ambulance to Progress West Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

GOV. PARSON ANNOUNCES WEIGHT ALLOWANCE FOR HEAVIER THAN NORMAL LOADS OF HEATING FUEL

 

On Monday Governor Mike Parson announced an allowance for heavier-than-normal truckloads of heating fuel such as propane, natural gas, and heating oil to travel on Missouri highways in relief of current supply issues in the central United States.

The waiver allows private and for-hire motor carriers to haul up to the specifications of the tank type being operated or 10 percent more than a commercial motor vehicle’s licensed weight on Missouri highways, whichever results in the lower weight.

The waiver remains in effect through December 20, 2019. While the waiver is in effect, participating motor carriers are limited to the following:

  • A loaded, gross weight no greater than 10 percent above the gross licensed weight of the commercial motor vehicle OR up to the specifications of the tank type being operated, whichever results in the lower overall loaded vehicle weight;
  • This allowance applies within the state of Missouri. If moving interstate, drivers must operate according to the laws of the state they’re in;
  • Drivers must obey posted bridge weight limits;
  • When crossing a bridge, the driver must restrict the vehicle speed to no more than 30 mph;
  • Travel under this allowance is only allowed on non-interstate highways. Those taking advantage of the weight allowance cannot operate on any portion of the interstate highway system.
  • All other traffic regulations remain in place.

Drivers who plan to travel under the conditions of the allowance should first consider the weight ratings of the tires on their vehicle. Regulations pertaining to vehicle parts are not waived.

 




November 18, 2019

 

CULVERT WORK CONTINUES AND WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE ZZ

 

Weather permitting, Monday and Tuesday MoDOT will close Montgomery County Route ZZ from Montgomery County Route RA to Missouri Route 19 for culvert replacements. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day with the road reopening each evening.

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

TEEN INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A Hillsboro teen was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Jefferson County.  17 year old Jayda Eggemeyer was on Old LeMay Ferry Road when her car traveled off the east side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 

SHOOTING AT COLUMBIA RESIDENCE

Columbia Police officers responded to reports of shots fired and injuries at a residence in the 2800 block of Jacobs Place Friday, Nov. 15, at approximately 8:10 a.m.
Upon arrival, officers located two individuals inside a residence with gunshot wounds. The preliminary investigation shows one female sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound and the male sustained a self-inflicted life-threatening gunshot wound. Both individuals were provided first aid until EMS arrived, then immediately transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. 
The male, now identified as the suspect in the apparent attempted homicide, later died at the hospital as a result of his self-inflicted injury. He was identified as Deshawn Zentrell Graves, 22, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified.
The investigation is ongoing. There is no further information to provide at this time, as this is an active investigation. 
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




Weekend Report- November 16-17, 2019

 

MAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Mexico man was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:05am Saturday in Audrain County.  26 year old Devin Middleton was on Route J when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees.  He was transported by ambulance to SSM Health in Mexico for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN ROLLOVER CRASH

 

A St. Louis teen was hurt in a Saturday afternoon crash in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Regan Miller was eastbound on I-70 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her vehicle to run off the right side of the road and overturn multiple times.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

Both Festus drivers were injured in a two-vehicle wreck Friday night in Jefferson County.  48 year old Tina Boyer was on Route A when a car driven by 66 year old Christine Sproull made a left turn onto Plass Road and Boyer’s car struck Sproull’s car on the passenger side.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




November 15, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING BREAK TIME ARMED ROBBERY

Columbia Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Break Time convenience store, 1410 Forum Blvd., on Thursday at approximately 2:50 a.m. One suspect entered the store and displayed a handgun while demanding money. 
The suspect left the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen on foot, heading westbound from the store. The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 6’0" tall. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing dark camouflage pants with a tan stripe down the legs, a black coat and a mask. There were no injuries reported. 
There is no further information to provide at this time, as this is an active investigation. 
Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A De Soto woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 2:50pm Thursday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Jessica Agers was on Route V when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, began to skid and struck multiple road signs before going off the right side of the road.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A Wentzville driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday morning in St. Charles County.  84 year old Rosetta Epstein was westbound on I-70 when her car ran off the right side of the road and struck construction equipment.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 




November 14, 2019

 

MAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A De Soto man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:45pm Wednesday in Jefferson County.  29 year old Christopher Thomas was on Missouri 21 when his car struck a deer in the roadway, traveled off the right side, struck a rock bluff and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Clare Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT AFTER CAR STRIKES DEER

 

Another incident involving a car striking a deer happened Wednesday night in Taney County as 43 year old Meada Spencer of Nixa, MO was on US 65 when her car struck a deer in the road.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Springfield for treatment.

 

CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY ON FIRST BRIDGE FUNDED BY GOV. PARSON’S TRANSPORTATION PLAN

 

On Tuesday construction on the first bridge to be replaced under Governor Mike Parson’s Focus on Bridges program began in northeast Missouri. Work to replace the Route JJ bridge over Price’s Branch near Bellflower in Montgomery County is scheduled to be completed next May.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded the construction contract to E&C Bridge of Jamestown, Missouri, in September. The new bridge will cost approximately $516,000 to construct.

“Our administration has and will continue to focus on building up Missouri’s infrastructure, specifically its transportation infrastructure,” Governor Parson said.

Under the Governor’s transportation plan, the Missouri legislature included $50 million in general revenue in the fiscal year 2020 state budget to repair or replace approximately 45 bridges throughout the state and another $50 million for a cost-share program. Construction contracts have been awarded on 38 of those bridges, and all are to be under contract by the end of the year and completed in 2020.

 

 




November 13, 2019

 

RESURFACING PROJECT AWARDED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 94 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to Pace Construction, of West Plains, Missouri, for a resurfacing project on Missouri Route 94 in Montgomery County in the amount of $1,742,000. The project will go from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 47 near Marthasville.

“Crews will be resurfacing this route with a one-inch overlay of asphalt,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zone while the work is completed. The work could begin as early as next spring and should be completed before fall.

“A more specific schedule on this project will be shared after the contractor provides the plan for completing the work,” Maninga added.

 

NATIONAL TRAFFIC INCIDENT RESPONSE AWARENESS WEEK IS THIS WEEK

 

First Lady Teresa Parson knows all too well the dangers first responders face along the highways. First Lady Parson’s brother, Rick Seiner, was working as an EMT and loading a crash victim into an ambulance when a passing driver struck and killed him.

“It’s a very hard time for a family to have to live through something like this,” First Lady Parson said. “It’s something I hope no one has to live through.”

But across the country, it’s something hundreds of families experience each year. In their tireless efforts to save lives, responders often put their own at risk. In fact, traffic incidents are the leading cause of death for EMS responders and law enforcement officers. To remind motorists what’s on the line, the Federal Highway Administration has declared the week of Nov. 10-16 as National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week.

There were more than 155,000 traffic crashes in Missouri in 2018. As part of the Missouri Department of Transportation’s work to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system, MoDOT emergency response personnel respond to more than 6,000 traffic incidents each month on average.

When motorists approach MoDOT or any other responders or emergency vehicles on the side of the highway with flashing lights, they should move over. Missouri’s Move Over law requires drivers to either change lanes or slow down when approaching stationary MoDOT, law enforcement or other emergency vehicles with flashing lights. To help protect those who protect us, all 50 states enforce some form of the Move Over law.

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED STATEWIDE FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following dates:

Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal operations will resume on Monday, December 2.

Too many people die in traffic crashes each year in Missouri. The choices you make when you’re behind the wheel matter. Make good choices, so you’ll never have to say, “If I could just go back ...”

 




November 12, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 4:45pm Monday in Miller County.  32 year old Michelle Nolan of Lake Ozark was on Route Y when her vehicle traveled off the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN COLE COUNTY WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Cole County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Cathy Polly of Eugene, MO was on MO 17 and driving too fast for road conditions when her truck ran off the left side of the road and overturned.  She sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

WASHINGTON, MISSOURI MAN KILLED IN ATV CRASH

 

One person was killed and another injured in a weekend ATV crash. The fatal accident happened around 5:45 p.m. Sunday in Adair County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Nicholas Hauser, 35, of Washington, Missouri, was on Highway 11, 3.5 miles west of Winigan when it happened. Troopers say he overcorrected and that caused him to cross the center line, and the ATV overturned. It continued to roll off the roadway, ejecting Hauser and his passenger, Jeremy Trankler, 33, of St. Peters, Missouri. Hauser was pronounced dead at the scene. Trankler was flown to University Hospital in Columbia with moderate injuries. 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING WEEKEND HOME INVASION

 

Columbia Police responded to a home invasion at a residence in the 1100 block of Eastland Circle at approximately 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. During the incident, one victim received a non-life threatening gunshot wound to a leg. Officers on the scene applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg prior to medical personnel arriving. The victim was transported to a local emergency room for further medical treatment. The initial investigation revealed that three black males and one white male entered the residence and ordered the occupants to the floor while claiming to be with the FBI. The suspects were not wearing clothing that identified them as any law enforcement agency, but rather were dressed in dark civilian clothing with their faces covered. The suspects left the scene with personal property belonging to a victim in a vehicle described as a red truck.

"When we enter a home for enforcement action, law enforcement will always be clearly identifiable as police," Chief Geoff Jones said. "We will identify and arrest those who are responsible and would appreciate any help the community can provide."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




November 11, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Winfield man was killed in an accident that occurred at 12:45pm Sunday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 52 year old Jeffery Gregory was on MO 79 when he suffered a medical condition, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway onto East Terra Lane, overturned and struck a concrete median wall.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Sunday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  43 year old Michael Dunham of St. Louis was riding his motorcycle on Highway 185 when he tried to avoid a car driven by 38 year old Paul Roberts of Beaufort, MO but was unable to do so as they collided.  Michael Dunham was transported by Air Evac to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Monday morning in Cooper County.  39 year old Travis West of Raymore, MO was westbound on I-70 when he fell asleep at the wheel and his truck ran off the left side of the road, struck the median and overturned, then crossed over eastbound I-70 and struck a rock bluff.  He was taken to CenterPoint Hospital in Independence for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




Weekend Report- November 9-10, 2019

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Cole County.  89 year old William Schaffner of Russellville, MO was on Branch Road when his car ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 9:30am Friday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 40 year old Amy Murray of Linn, MO was on Route Y when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a phone pole guy wire.  She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Mexico teen was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Audrain County.  19 year old Ryan Gish was on Route B when his truck ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was taken to St. Mary’s Health Center in Mexico for treatment of minor injuries.

 




November 8, 2019

 

CULVERT WORK WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE ZZ

 

Weather permitting, Nov. 12-15, MoDOT will close Montgomery County Route ZZ from Montgomery County Route RA to Missouri Route 19 for culvert replacements. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day with the road reopening each evening. Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. Please remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions. Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MU STUDENT PRIME SUSPECT IN WIFE’S DISAPPEARANCE

 

A prosecutor says a University of Missouri student is the "prime suspect" in the disappearance of his Chinese wife and he played audio in court of the man saying he wanted a divorce "the sooner the better."

The Columbia Missourian reports that Boone County Chief Prosecutor Dan Knight described Joseph Elledge as a "jealous, controlling, manipulative psychopath" while arguing Wednesday that he should remain jailed on $500,000 bond on a child abuse charge. Elledge hasn't been charged in the disappearance of his 28-year-old wife, Mengqi Ji Elledge, who was reported missing four weeks ago. They have a 1-year-old daughter together. The defense, meanwhile, argued that Joseph Elledge's bond should be reduced, saying that Mengqi Ji Elledge had exchanged sexually explicit messages with another person. The judge didn't immediately rule.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO ARMED ROBBERY

 

Columbia Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Xpress Liquor & Smokes, 2101 Corona Road on Monday, Nov. 4, at approximately 8:50 p.m. One suspect entered the store and displayed a handgun while demanding money. 

The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen heading eastbound on foot from the store. He was described as a black male, approximately 6’2". At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing black pants, a black jacket and a mask. There were no injuries reported. 

There is no further information to provide at this time, as this is an active investigation. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




November 7, 2019

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A driver was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 4:25pm Wednesday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 79 year old Henry Sydow of Lutz, FL was eastbound on I-70 when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to travel back onto the roadway and then the right side of the road and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN WEDNESDAY EVENING WRECK

 

Two people were hurt in a two-vehicle wreck Wednesday evening in Morgan County.  90 year old Charlene Ollison of Gravois Mills was on MO 52 when she crossed into the path of a truck driven by 58 year old Ralph Hardin of Versailles while turning and after impact her truck ran partially off the road and came to rest in the westbound lane, while his truck came to rest off the north side of the road.  Both sustained moderate injuries.  The woman was transported by ambulance to Capital Regional Hospital while the man was transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA MAN HURT IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Columbia man was hurt in an early Thursday morning crash in Boone County.  35 year old Joseph Nieders was eastbound on I-70 when his vehicle struck a deer in the roadway and then came to a controlled stop on the shoulder.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

  

 




November 6, 2019

 

STATEWIDE WINTER WEATHER DRILL SET FOR THURSDAY

 

Even though MODOT road crews have already been out this year battling winter weather in certain parts of the state, the department will still hold its annual winter operations drill on Nov. 7.

Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 a.m. In urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 a.m. The exercise should be completed by 3 p.m.

During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks. Emergency communications systems will also be tested.

The drill serves as a training reminder to make sure proper equipment, plowing techniques and safety measures are used. In addition, every piece of equipment—every truck, motor grader, snow blower and tractor—is inspected and calibrated to conserve materials.

One of the most valuable parts of the drill is that it allows MoDOT’s newest employees the opportunity to drive a snowplow over their designated routes so they are aware of obstacles and obstructions, such as curbs and raised islands, that might be hidden in snow or ice.

MoDOT spent more than $64 million on winter operations last year and used over 180,000 tons of salt; 4 million gallons of salt brine; 150,000 tons of abrasives; 500 tons of calcium chloride; 100,000 gallons of liquid calcium chloride; 180,000 gallons of liquid magnesium chloride; and almost 700,000 gallons of beet juice.

 

GOV. PARSON LAUNCHES INAUGURAL BROADBAND GRANT PROGRAM

 

On Tuesday Governor Parson and the Departments of Economic Development and Agriculture announced the launch of the state’s broadband grant program, which will award $5 million to bring high speed internet to Missourians across the state.

“It’s a huge problem that nearly 20% of Missourians lack access to high speed internet,” Governor Mike Parson said. “That’s the kind of problem that if you work toward solving it, it’s going to help with other problems, like retaining good talent or offering better health care and education for our communities. Broadband is exactly the kind of infrastructure that Missouri needs to grow and thrive in the future.”

Missouri’s rural and urban communities are ready to put these funds to work,” Missouri Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn said. “By providing an opportunity for broadband infrastructure upgrades, we hope that all of our communities will soon have access to affordable, reliable high-speed internet. It’s our long-term goal to connect our communities, all the way to the last mile.”

Created by the Missouri General Assembly in 2018 and funded during the 2019 legislative session, the grant program matches up to 50 percent of the construction costs to expand broadband to unserved and underserved areas of the state.

Guidelines and scoring criteria are now posted. The grant application period will be open on December 4, 2019. 

Once the grant period begins on December 4, applications may be submitted through January 6, 2020. Projects will be selected based on the need for servicing unserved areas of the state, meeting or exceeding the state’s minimum definition of high-speed internet, the applicant’s share of total project costs, economic and community benefit, and adoption strategies.

The broadband grant program guidelines, selection criteria, application, and frequently asked questions are available on DED's website at https://ded.mo.gov/content/missouri-broadband-grant-program.

 

YOUNG DEER HUNTERS HARVESTS OVER 18,000 DURING EARLY YOUTH PORTION

 

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that young hunters ages 6 through 15 harvested 18,158 deer during Missouri’s early youth portion of the 2019 deer hunting season, Nov. 2 and 3. Top counties were Osage with young hunters harvesting 381 deer, Howell with 355, and Franklin with 351.

Last year’s harvest total for the early youth portion was 13,645. Archery deer hunting continues through Nov. 15 and resumes Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2020. The November portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 16-26 followed by the late youth portion Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 6-8 followed by the alternative methods portion Dec. 28- Jan. 7, 2020.

Get more information about deer hunting from MDC’s 2019 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where hunting permits are sold and online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/2019FDT.pdf.

 

 




November 5, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN EARLY TUESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred just before 5am Tuesday in Franklin County.  25 year old Courtney Lunceford of O’Fallon was on MO 100 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  She was taken to SSM Health St. Clare Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN JEFFERSON COUNTY WRECK

 

A man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Tuesday morning in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 24 year old Michael Stevens of Valles Mines, MO was on Route V when his truck ran off the left side of the road and struck a utility pole.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

MEXICO HOME DAMAGED IN HOUSE FIRE

 

Mexico Public Safety responded to a report of a house fire in the 100 block of South Mississippi Street. The call came in around 3 o’clock Saturday morning. When fire crews arrived, the home had flames shooting out of its windows on three sides. The fire was successfully extinguished but the home was significantly damaged. All residents were successfully evacuated and no injuries were reported. The fire was found around a bed inside the home and residents made attempts to extinguish the blaze prior to calling 911. Early indications are the fire was caused by electronics plugged in, on and around the bed. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.

 




November 4, 2019

 

CONSTRUCTION TO BEGIN ON ROUTE JJ BRIDGE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Construction of a new Route JJ bridge over Price’s Branch in Montgomery County will begin the week of November 11, weather permitting.  The bridge has been closed since January 3, 2019, when significant deterioration was discovered during a routine inspection. “The new bridge will be 24 feet wide, and it will be opened by May 20, 2020, but hopefully sooner, weather permitting,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga.  

The contractor performing the work is E & C Bridge, LLC, of California, Missouri. The Route JJ bridge replacement will cost just over half a million dollars.

 

CONFIRMED MUMPS CASES IN BOONE COUNTY

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) has identified a number of recent cases of mumps in Boone County. Health officials are working closely with the cases and community healthcare providers to identify those who may have come in contact with confirmed cases. Mumps is a viral illness that can cause fever, body aches, headaches, fatigue, swelling of the salivary glands, or pain with chewing and swallowing. About a third of people who contract the mumps virus do not develop any symptoms. Mumps is transmitted through saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat. An infected person can spread the virus by coughing, sneezing, talking, kissing, or sharing cups, forks, knives, spoons, cigarettes, e-cigarettes and drinks. Some people who get mumps have very mild cold-like symptoms or no symptoms at all and may not know they have the disease. People with mumps can spread it for two to three days before they know they are sick, and an additional five days after the swelling in their cheek or jaw area begins. Individuals are most contagious two days before the onset of symptoms and five days after and should remain at home during this time. 
Anyone with symptoms should call their healthcare provider. Having two doses of MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine is the best way to protect against mumps. To check your immunization status or to get vaccinated, please contact your healthcare provider. For more information about mumps, visit www.cdc.gov/mumps

 

POSSIBLE DRUG TRAFFICKING OPERATION CAUGHT BY MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it’s investigating a drug trafficking operation — and possible human trafficking ring — after troopers conducting a traffic stop found a 15-year-old girl with several pounds of methamphetamine strapped to her abdomen.
The Kansas City Star reports the traffic stop occurred Tuesday on Interstate 70 in western Missouri. Troopers say a 22-year-old California woman was driving, and the girl was a passenger. When an officer called the girl’s mother, she told him she thought her daughter was at school and had no idea who the California woman was.
When questioned, the girl told officers she had 5.5 pounds of meth strapped to her.
The woman was charged Wednesday with drug trafficking, endangering the welfare of child and other counts. The teen was returned to her mother, and police say no charges against her are expected. The patrol is working with federal law enforcement on the case.

 

 




Weekend Report- November 2-3, 2019

 

MAN INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A man was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:45am Sunday in Boone County.  76 year old Edward Lyle of Middletown, OH was westbound on I-70 when his car struck a deer in the roadway.  He was transported by ambulance to Pinnacle Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY EVENING WRECK

 

A Columbia driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday evening in Miller County.  64 year old Robert Barrett was on Cotton Road when his truck traveled off the right side of the road, struck a tree and overturned.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment.

 

TWO MEN INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY CRASH

 

Two De Soto men were injured, one seriously in a Saturday night crash in Washington County.  The patrol says that James Baker was on Calico Road when his vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree, overturned and traveled off the left side of the road.  He suffered moderate injuries, while his passenger John McCarthy sustained serious injuries.  Both were taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 




November 1, 2019

 

CULVERT REPLACEMENTS WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing culvert replacements on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route RA - Nov. 1 and Nov. 4-6, the road will be closed from Montgomery County Route ZZ to where state maintenance ends (gravel) for culvert replacements. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route ZZ - Nov. 7-8, the road will be closed from Route RA to Missouri Route 19 for culvert replacements. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

THREE HURT IN COLLISION ON ICY ROADWAY

 

An icy roadway was blamed for a collision on Audrain County Route J, which sent three members of a Mexico family to the hospital, just after 8am Thursday.  The patrol says 40 year old Cheryl Emminger, of Mexico, lost control of her northbound car on an icy roadway.  It crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming vehicle driven by 55 year old Patreca Hagedorn, of Rush Hill.  Emminger was treated for moderate injuries and two juveniles in her vehicle, age 10 and 12, were both treated for minor injuries.  All three were taken to University Hospital in Columbia

 

PSC COLD WEATHER RULE TAKES EFFECT NOVEMBER 1

 

The Missouri Public Service Commission’s Cold Weather Rule, designed to help customers with heat-related utility bills, begins on November 1, 2019. The rule will remain in effect through March 31, 2020. It has been a part of the Commission’s rules and regulations since 1977. The Cold Weather Rule applies to natural gas and electric utilities under PSC jurisdiction that provide heat-related service. Municipally operated systems, cooperatives and those that provide propane delivered by truck are not under PSC jurisdiction.

 

 




October 31, 2019

 

COLUMBIA ARMED ROBBERY

 

Columbia Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Break Time convenience store, 2402 Paris Road, on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at approximately 1:30 a.m. One suspect entered the store and brandished a handgun while demanding money. There were no injuries reported.  The suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. He was last seen southbound on foot from the store. He was described as a black male, between 40 and 50 years old, approximately 5’10" tall with a medium build. At the time of the incident, the suspect was wearing blue jeans with a black coat.  There is no further information to provide, as this is an active investigation.  Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER THIS HALLOWEEN

 

Each year, millions of children and adults alike celebrate Halloween, a holiday known for its sweet treats and spooky parties. Don’t drive scary. Commit to sober driving Halloween night, and every night. To keep our roadways safe, Missouri law enforcement will be on the lookout for drivers who have had too much celebration while reminding everyone of the dangers of impaired driving. Halloween poses an especially dangerous threat to pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remember: Don’t ever drive impaired. Children out trick-or-treating, and those who accompany them, are also at risk.  NHTSA reports that from 2012 - 2016, 14% of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involved drunk drivers. Drivers between ages 21 to 34 accounted for the most impaired-driving fatalities (46%) on Halloween night in 2016. Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem. If you feel different, you drive different.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday, October 22 at approximately 1:23AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of W. Monroe in reference to an alarm at a business.  Officers arrived about one minute later to find that the back door of the business had been pried on and damaged, but no one had entered the building.  Further investigation indicated that two suspects were involved and those same suspects broke into a business in the 1400 block of N Jefferson and the 900 block of E Liberty by prying open back doors.  A small amount of money and some tools were taken during the burglaries.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

 

 




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October 30, 2019

 

GREEN CITY WOMAN INJURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Green City woman is injured after a two vehicle accident in Sullivan County Monday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 63 year old Douglas Childers of Green City was pulling onto Highway B three miles southeast of Pollock at approximately 4:25 p.m. Monday when he pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 36 year old Jeanie Kinney of Green City.  Kinney’s car struck Childers’ vehicle in the side.  Kinney was taken by ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  Childers was not injured.

 

 

FOUR INJURED IN CLINTON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Four people are injured, two seriously, after an accident in Clinton County Monday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 23 year old Skyler Johnson of Macon was merging onto Interstate 35 from Route PP at the 32.8 mile marker, approximately 2 miles east of Holt at around 5:40 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle on the wet road and crossed the median into oncoming traffic.  Johnson’s vehicle was struck in the passenger side by a vehicle driven by 57 year old Robert Young of Lathrop.  A passenger in Johnson’s car, 23 year old Ethan Pagliai of Excello, Missouri, and a passenger in Young’s car, 54 year old Kristina Young of Lathrop, both sustained serious injuries.  The two drivers, Robert Young and Skyler Johnson, sustained moderate injuries.  Pagliai and Johnson were taken to Liberty Hospital.  Robert and Kristina Young were taken to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment.

 

 

IOWA COMPANY TO OPEN STORE IN MACON

 

On Tuesday, Central Service and Supply, Inc. held its ribbon-cutting ceremony for the grand opening of its new location in Macon, Missouri.

Central Service and Supply, Inc. is a company known mainly for making mining equipment.

This is the company's first store in Missouri. Its other location is in Des Moines, Iowa.

According to Vice President of Central Service and Supply, Inc. Jason Fox, Macon was chosen for the new store because of its location at the intersection between highways 36 and 63.

This location will have 10-15 employees on staff.

More information about Central Service and Supply can be found at centralsands.com

 

 

CENTERTOWN MAN DEAD AFTER CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Centertown, Missouri man is dead after an accident on Route AA in Callaway County early Tuesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 19 year old Matthew Spencer of Centertown was westbound on Route AA a half mile west of County Road 499 at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday when his vehicle ran off the west side of the road and struck a tree.  Spencer was taken by ambulance to Capitol Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

 

CHILLICOTHE POLICE SUMMARY FOR OCTOBER 28, 2019

 

  • 12:10am, Officers were dispatched to a commercial burglary alarmin the 2600 block of N Washington Street. The alarm was accidentally tripped by an employee.
  • 2:58am, Officers were dispatched to a commercial burglary alarm in the 2600 block of N Washington Street. The alarm was accidentally set off by an employee.
  • 4:29am, Officers were dispatched to check on a suspicious person in the 2700 block of N. Washington Street.
  • 7:28am, Officers were dispatched to an alarm at Hedrick Medical Center. Officers were advised that there was an unruly person causing a disturbance. The male was escorted off the property and no charges were sought.
  • 9:59am, Officers spoke with a resident at the Police Department in reference to a property issue.
  • 11:20am, Officers were dispatched to check the well-being of a resident in the 400 block of Vine Street. The resident was contacted and was not in need of assistance.
  • 11:32am, Officers were dispatched to check the well-being of a resident in the 200 block of Jackson Street. The resident was not in need of assistance.
  • 11:38am, Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint in the 1400 block of Jackson Street.
  • 12:32pm, Officers were dispatched to a report of a theft from a business in the 1000 block of Graves St.  Officers were provided a vehicle description and license plate number of the involved person. Officers located the vehicle on N Washington Street north of State Hwy 190. Officers recovered the stolen property and arrested Tiffany L. Haffner for stealing. Haffner was released on a Municipal Citation.
  • 3:08pm, Officers were dispatched to a report of a vehicle striking a mailbox in the 1200 block of Alexander. The driver of the vehicle agreed to pay for the damage and a Police Report was not requested.
  • 3:39pm, Officers were dispatched to a parking complaint in the 1000 block of Graves Street. The vehicle was gone upon Officer’s arrival
  • 4:56pm, Officers were dispatched to the Chillicothe Rll School Bus barn in reference to a report that a small child had not been picked up by a parent. The Parent was contacted by Officers and the child was returned to the parent and the incident was referred to the Livingston County Children’s Division.
  • 5:23pm, Officers returned property to that had been recovered to the owner.
  • Officers conducted numerous traffic enforcement stops, building checks and responded to 87 calls for service.

 

 

 

 

 

 




LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY

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October 28th, 2019

TWO INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

Two people were injured in an accident that occurred at 8:10pm Saturday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 24 year old Kayray Kittrell of Sullivan was on Missouri Route V when she lost control and her car slid off the right side of the roadway, struck a utility pole and a shed.  She sustained moderate injuries while her passenger 30 year old Matthew Pedrotti of Union suffered minor injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

MOTORCYCLIST FLOWN TO AREA HOSPITAL FOLLOWING CRASH

Jefferson City Police say a motorcyclist was flown to a hospital in critical condition after a Sunday afternoon crash on MO 179 at Missouri Blvd around 3:15 pm.  A northbound car was turning left onto Missouri Blvd when it collided with the southbound motorcyclist. No other details have been released at this time.

 

WOMAN HURT AFTER CAR STRIKES DEER SATURDAY MORNING

A Bonne Terre woman was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Jefferson County.  63 year old Linda Tiemann was on Missouri 110 when her car struck a deer in the road.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A St. Charles man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Cooper County.  76 year old George Dickey was eastbound on I-70 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment and then ran off the left side of the road and struck median cables.  He was taken to Pinnacle Regional Hospital in Boonville for treatment of minor injuries.

 

GOVERNOR MAKES SEVERAL APPOINTMENTS INCLUDING A COUNTY POSITION

Governor Parson made four appointments to various boards and commissions and also filled one county office vacancy. Named on that list was Ryan Parker, of Troy, who was appointed as the Lincoln County Coroner. Mr. Parker is a Sheriff Deputy & K-9 Handler with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and a Support Services and Transporter with a Troy area funeral home. Previously, he served as a Police Officer & K-9 Handler with the Troy Police Department and has also served as Chief of Police for the Winfield Police Department. Mr. Parker is a certified Emergency Medical Responder and Tactical Medic. He also has received training in S.W.A.T. (Special Weapons and Tactics) and Homicide Investigations. Mr. Parker is a graduate of the Eastern Missouri Police Academy. 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT NEWS

Saturday night, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department was represented by K9 Deputy Mathis and Corporal Mayes at the Trunk or Treat event at the Lutheran Church in Wellsville after receiving an invitation by the church. And, according to a post on the sheriff’s facebook page the department wanted to say  “Thank You”  for the invitation. Cpl. Mayes and Deputy Mathis said they had a great time seeing the children in their costumes and watching them play with the departments K9




October 25, 2019

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Silex woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 5:20pm Thursday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 39 year old Frank Roth of Troy was on Highway 47 when he slowed for a vehicle stopped ahead attempting to make a left turn and his truck was struck in the rear by a car driven by 22 year old Katharyn Nolan of Silex.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

MEXICO MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIGHT

 

On Wednesday, October 23 at approximately 6:49PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 100 block of E Monroe for a report of a fight in progress.  Responding personnel learned that Jason T Scott, age 34 of Mexico, was asked to leave a business after being involved in a disturbance.  Scott began to leave, then returned with a knife, and continued to yell at several people.  Officers located Scott nearby and he was arrested for Assault 4th degree and Unlawful Use of Weapon.  He was processed at MPSD, and taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond on the offenses.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

PUBLIC HELP NEEDED IN FINDING MISSING KIRKSVILLE TEEN

 

A Kirksville mom is worried sick about her missing daughter, and she is asking for the public’s help to find her.  Jessica Fox told KTVO her 16-year-old daughter, Hailey Draper-Fox, of Kirksville, ran away on Wednesday because she didn't want to go to a meeting she was required to attend.  Fox says Hailey drove off in her gray 2006 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Family friends spotted the missing teen around 1 a.m. Thursday in the south part of Kirksville, but they say she took off again.  Hailey has blue eyes, black hair, and she is 5'3" tall and weighs 160 pounds.  Jessica Fox says she is not sure if her daughter is in any danger, but the people she is hanging around with are not a very good influence.  If you see Hailey Draper-Fox or know where she is, you are asked to call the Kirksville Police Department at (660) 785-6945 or her family at (660) 988-7509.

 




October 24, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

 

A Moscow Mills man was killed in a motorcycle accident that occurred just after 3:30pm Wednesday in St. Charles County.  52 year old Charles Bradshaw was riding his motorcycle on Highway 364 westbound ramp to I-64 when it traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

SEDALIA POLICE ASK FOR PUBLIC HELP IN FINDING MISSING TEEN

 

The Sedalia Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding a Missouri teen.

According to the police department's Facebook page, Marie McDonald is 17 years old and was last seen on Oct. 17.  McDonald was leaving Liberty Park with a person law enforcement said she knows.  McDonald is 5 foot 5 inches and 140 pounds.  She has brown eyes.  The last time she was seen she had long brown hair, going to her lower back.  Police ask that if you see Marie, contact the Sedalia Police Department anytime at (660) 826-8100.

 

MISSOURI FARMER CHARGED IN DEATH OF WISCONSIN BROTHERS

 

A Missouri cattle farmer has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of two missing brothers from Wisconsin.  Court documents filed Wednesday in Caldwell County, Missouri, show Garland Nelson of Braymer is also charged with two counts of abandonment of a corpse, evidence tampering and other counts.  Nick and Justin Diemel of Shawano County, Wisconsin, were reported missing July 21.  They had been visiting Nelson's northwestern Missouri farm while on a trip related to their cattle business.  Human remains were found on the farm but haven't been publicly identified.  Nelson was charged in July with tampering with a vehicle rented by the brothers. Authorities say he abandoned the truck at a commuter parking lot.

 

 




October 23, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Bellflower man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 10:50pm Tuesday in Callaway County.  The report states that the patrol was involved in a pursuit with a car driven by 23 year old Thomas Lawrence on Route B when it hit spike strips, causing the car to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturn.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Wednesday morning in Jefferson County.  35 year old Che Gott of Ironton, MO was on Highway Y when his car ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

POLICE IDENTIFY VICTIM IN COLUMBIA WEEKEND SHOOTING

 

Columbia Police had identified the victim of a weekend shooting in Columbia as Dajion A. Harris, 13, of Columbia.  Cameron J. White, 19, of Columbia, who was located and originally arrested for Manslaughter in the 4500 block of Orchard Lane has now been charged with Murder 2nd and Armed Criminal Action.  Columbia Police responded to a report of a shooting in the 4400 block of Rice Road at 11:52 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.  There is no additional information for release as this remains an active case. 
If anyone has any information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain completely anonymous.

 




October 22, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A New Haven woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 8am Monday in Franklin County.  20 year old Alysha Gildehaus was on Highway KK when she failed to negotiate a curve and her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and rolled onto its side.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN KILLED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

An Imperial man was killed in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 53 year old Joseph Hendrix was riding his motorcycle on Highway 67 when it ran off the west side of the road and ejected him from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE FIRE IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 2309 West Broadway, Broadway Apartments, at 3:43pm on Monday.  Initial reports indicated a fire on a third floor balcony of apartment 125.  First arriving units observed light fire and smoke coming from the balcony of apartment 125.  Crews were able to contain the fire to the balcony and quickly extinguish it.  One dog in a crate was removed from the apartment unharmed.  There were no other occupants in the apartment.  Fire investigators are on the scene performing a fire origin and cause investigation.  More information will be released as it becomes available.  Eight units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 

 




October 21, 2019

 

SUSPECT CHARGED IN WEEKEND COLUMBIA SHOOTING

 

Columbia Police report that a suspect has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting death of a 13 year old boy Saturday night.  19 year old Cameron White is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action and is being held on $50,000 dollars bond.  Police say the shooting occurred in the 4400 block of Rice Road Saturday night.  The 13 year old victim suffered a serious gunshot wound and was pronounced dead early Sunday morning at a Columbia trauma center.  No further official details have been released. 

 

TWO HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY COLLISION

 

A Friday afternoon collision on Highway 5 in Howard County seriously injured a Boonville driver and left a Lamont, MO teenager with moderate injuries. According to the highway patrol, the accident occurred just after 3pm at the intersection of Highway 5 and County Road 450.  The patrol says southbound vehicles driven by 18 year old Samuel Bello of Lamont and 29 year old Mia Burnes, of Fayette, had slowed for traffic when a southbound pickup, driven by 56 year old Clarence Howery, of Boonville, struck Bello’s car from behind, causing a chain-reaction collision.  Howery suffered serious injuries and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment.  Bello was treated for moderate injuries, also at University Hospital

 

TWO LIFE-FLIGHTED AND TWO OTHERS INJURED IN FRIDAY COLLISION

 

A Friday afternoon collision on US Highway 40, near Boonville, injured four occupants of the two vehicles including serious injuries for a pair of Boonville residents.  It occurred just before 2pm Friday.  The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 86 year old Carl Thomas, of Fulton, crossed the center line and struck a westbound car, driven by 40 year old Timothy Chamberlain, of Boonville, causing it to overturn several times.  Chamberlain and his passenger, 39 year old Sunny Allison of Boonville were both life-flighted to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.  Thomas and his 85 year old wife, Mary, were both taken to University Hospital by ambulance for treatment of moderate injuries. 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- October 19-20, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN GOLF CART ACCIDENT

 

A Mexico woman was injured in a golf cart accident that occurred at 2:30pm Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 56 year old Cheryl Poindexter was riding her golf cart on Route ZZ when she lost control while traveling downhill, causing it to overturn and eject her from the golf cart.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Marthasville driver was hurt in an early Sunday morning wreck in Warren County.  21 year old Justin Schlenther was on Highway 94 when his truck ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, he overcorrected, causing it to overturn and strike several trees.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

MAN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Jefferson City man was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Moniteau County.  40 year old Homer Cavitte was on Route T when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, ran off the left side of the road and overturned.  He was taken to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment of minor injuries.

 




October 18, 2019

 

TWO TEENS SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two teens were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 8:45am Thursday in Franklin County.  18 year old Austin Cope of Cedar Hill, MO was on Route OO and driving too fast for road conditions when his Jeep Cherokee traveled off the right side of the roadway, over Forest Glen Drive into a dry creek bed and struck a large rock, rotated clockwise and overturned.  Both the driver and his passenger 18 year old Melvin Miniefee of Pacific, MO were taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Columbia man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Boone County.  36 year old Joseph Hanson was on 16350 North of Route Z when he drove his car off the right side of the road, struck a culvert, overturned several times, struck a tree and came to rest on its roof.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Boone Hospital for treatment.

 

CHANGE YOUR SPEED, CHANGE THE ENDING

 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below. In Missouri specifically, speed contributed to nearly 40 percent of the state’s 921 roadway fatalities in 2018 continuing an alarming trend related to speed over the last 5 years.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind drivers that there is a reason for posted speed limits – the safety of all road users.

“Saving a few extra minutes on your commute is not worth the increased risk of being involved in a crash that could endanger your own life or the lives of everyone else on the road,” said Jon Nelson, chair of the executive committee of the coalition. “Speed is one of the most common contributing factors for fatal crashes in Missouri, and unfortunately, the data shows it’s only becoming more prevalent. We want to change that.”

A statewide speed enforcement campaign will run Oct. 18-20. During this time law enforcement will be actively enforcing Missouri’s speed limit laws and reminding drivers of the increased risks associated with higher speeds.

 

 




October 17, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Sullivan woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 2:15pm Wednesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Brandi Wells was on 2028 Bieker Road when she suffered a medical condition and her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a utility pole.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Bridgeton man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Jefferson County.  83 year old John Glore was northbound on I-55 when his truck ran off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail end.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

MEXICO KITCHEN FIRE

 

On Tuesday, October 15 at approximately 7:07pm, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of W Boulevard in reference to a kitchen fire.  Responding personnel found a fire contained in an oven.  The fire was extinguished and there was no damage to anything else in the home.  The house was equipped with several working smoke detectors and there were no injuries from the incident.

 




October 16, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN COLE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at around 7:10pm Tuesday in Cole County.  The patrol says that 83 year old Robert Luebbering of St. Thomas, MO was riding his John Deere tractor down a private driveway when it traveled off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road where he overcorrected again, this time it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a tree and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Lincoln County.  18 year old Deven Wilson of Berkeley was a passenger in a car driven by 17 year old William Ard of Elsberry.  The report states that they were going too fast for conditions when the driver attempted to avoid another vehicle but was unable to stop and it ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  Deven Wilson was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries, while the driver and the other passenger 17 year old Travis Beaver of Elsberry refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A Sullivan woman was hurt in a Tuesday night crash in Franklin County.  26 year old Kayla Wilmoth was on Highway 185 when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a ditch.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment.

 

 




October 15, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Troy man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:05pm Monday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 55 year old John Harding was on Route W and driving too fast for conditions when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, before striking a tree.  He was airlifted by Air Evac to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Hillsboro woman was hurt in a Tuesday morning crash in Jefferson County.  45 year old Tamara Spain was on Route A when her car struck a deer in the road.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST MAN FOR FIREARM POSSESSION

 

The Columbia Police Department served a search warrant at 2313 Parks Edge Place on Friday, Oct. 11 at approximately 10:45 a.m. The warrant was a result of an ongoing investigation involving burglaries and motor vehicle thefts. Members of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Street Crimes Unit and the Forensic Evidence Team partnered to execute the search warrant. 

Henry Anthony Williams, 30, of Columbia, was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, burglary 2nd, stealing, and possession of a controlled substance. 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




October 14, 2019

 

MAN DEAD THREE INJURED IN COOPER COUNTY CRASH


A Bunceton, Missouri man is dead and four others are injured after a two vehicle accident in Cooper County Saturday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 19 year old Haven Pennington of Prairie Home, Missouri was southbound on Route U just South of Walnut Drive at approximately 10:00 a.m. when her vehicle crossed the center line and into the path of a vehicle driven by 42 year old Michael Kendrick of Bunceton, Missouri. Her vehicle struck Kendrick's head on. Kendrick was pronounced dead at the scene. Pennington and two of Kendrick's passengers, 40 year old Melissa Kendrick and a 14 year old juvenile suffered serious injuries. Another of Kendrick's passengers, a 7 year old juvenile, suffered moderate injuries. Melissa Kendrick and the two juveniles were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. Pennington was taken by MU AirCare to University Hospital in Columbia.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Friday, October 11 at approximately 12:09AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1200 block of N Jefferson Street in reference to a report of an electric line being down and fire on the roof of a house.  Responding personnel found that a falling limb pulled a residential power line down, and broke the weather head from the meter.  This caused a considerable amount of arcing and burning until the line’s fuses blew.  MPSD stood by until Ameren arrived and removed the line.  There was some scorching to the outside of the home.  There were no injuries from the event.

 

TRUMAN REC CENTER EVACUATED AFTER POWER SURGE

 

Kirksville authorities responded promptly to Truman State’s Student Recreation Center, and evacuated the building at around 6 p.m. Friday evening.  A power surge cut the lights and other electronics in the building for at least 15 minutes.  The building’s CO2 sensor also signaled to first responders, simultaneous with the outage.  The Kirksville Fire Department stated on scene the building was evacuated and placed on lock-down out of “an abundance of caution.”

 




October 11, 2019

 

WOMAN KILLED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was killed in an accident that occurred at 11:05am Thursday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Katherine Travis of Richwoods, MO was on Highway 47 when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, into the northbound lanes, overturned, struck a fence and ejected her from the car.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER HURT IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in Franklin County.  35 year old Ebony Stevens of St. Robert, MO was eastbound on I-44 when her car struck the median wall and slid off the right side of the road.  She was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Thursday, October 10 a citizen reported a scam to Mexico Public Safety.  The citizen received phone calls from people who stated they were with the Social Security Administration and the US Marshals Service.  The citizen was told that his identity had been stolen which resulted in loans being taken out in his name and a warrant being issued for his arrest.  He was told to go to his bank and remove all the money from his account.  The callers were then going to instruct the citizen on what to do with the money to keep it safe and pay for his warrant.

 

Citizens are reminded that the Social Security Administration and US Marshals Office do not operate in this way and will never request instruct you on what to do with your money or encourage transactions through money cards.

 

 

On Wednesday, October 9 at approximately 3:56PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of Carson Street in reference to gunshots being fired.  Investigation has indicated that at least one gun was fired during part of an ongoing dispute between two people.  MPSD is continuing to gather information to determine appropriate charges.  No one was injured and no property was damaged during the incident. 

 

 




October 10, 2019

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Monday, October 7 at approximately 9:07AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 100 block of S Clark Street in reference to a burglary of a business that occurred over the weekend.  Investigation indicates that on Sunday, October 6 after 4:00AM, two people wearing hooded sweatshirts used a piece of concrete to break a window of the business and steal some money.

 

On Saturday, October 5 at approximately 12:11AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1700 block of Omar in reference to a disturbance with gunshots being fired.  Responding personnel located Sean L Burkett, age 40 of Mexico, and determined he was involved.  Burkett was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Domestic Assault 4th degree, Unlawful Use of Weapon, and Armed Criminal Action.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Saturday, October 5 at approximately 1:22AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of N Western Street (MO Highway 15) in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a burning pile of items, which appeared to have been placed at the curb for Fall Clean up.  The fire was extinguished and there was no damage to any other property.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

CENTRALIA POLICE OFFICER CHARGED WITH SEX CRIMES

 

Clint Baer, 41, of Centralia, Missouri, was charged in a federal complaint with using interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.

According to the complaint, Clint Baer is employed as a police officer with the Centralia Police Department located in Centralia, Missouri.

In March 2019, Baer contacted an individual he believed was the mother of a 14-year-old girl through the social networking site FetLife.  Baer contacted the individual he believed was the mother of the 14-year-old girl. In reality, Baer was speaking with an undercover FBI agent.

Over the course of months, Baer exchanged sexually detailed and explicit text messages and phone calls, via FetLife and Kik messenger, with the undercover agent. In Baer’s sexually explicit messages, he expressed his desire to engage in sexual activity with the 14-year old girl as well as the mother.

On October 1, 2019, Baer contacted the undercover agent, believing he was speaking with the mother of the 14-year-old girl, and set up a time and location to have sexual activity with the mother of the child and the 14-year-old girl.  On October 7, 2019, Baer traveled from Centralia, Missouri, to Wentzville, Missouri, for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with both.  Baer was arrested in Wentzville.  Baer is currently in federal custody.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Saint Charles Police Department are investigating this case.

 

 




October 9, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A Marthasville man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred just before 8pm Monday in Franklin County.  39 year old Chad Williams was riding his motorcycle on Route AJ when it struck a deer that ran into the roadway, causing his motorcycle to overturn, before going off the left side of the roadway.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

THREE ARRESTED AFTER WARRANTS SERVED IN MOBERLY

 

Three people were taken into custody in Moberly Tuesday after drug warrants were served.  According to the North Missouri Drug Taskforce, the taskforce, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, and the Moberly Police served several narcotics search warrants at the 1300 block of Watson Street in Moberly.  During the search, officers reported finding syringes that tested positive for methamphetamine along with baggies of methamphetamine and other drug paraphernalia.  Two females and a male were taken into custody.  Their names have not been released at this time.

 

KIRKSVILLE STRUCTURE FIRE

 

Just around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, a structure fire was reported on Hazel Green Way, northeast of Kirksville. Upon arriving on scene, smoke was billowing out from the structure's roof and entrance. Thick smoke obstructed part of the building, so damage was unknown at arrival. Crews from the Adair County Rural Fire Department, the La Plata Fire and Rescue and the Adair County Ambulance District were all on scene. According to Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick, the structure may have been a metal working shop. This was based on reports of welding materials and possible tanks of acetylene inside the structure. No injuries were reported.

 




October 8, 2019

 

MAN DEAD AFTER ACCIDENT IN COLUMBIA

 

A Moberly man is dead after an accident in Columbia Saturday.  According to the Columbia Police Department, a vehicle driven by 44 year old Michael Bousquet of Columbia was stopped on the south side of Business Loop 70 on Seventh Street at approximately 11:40a.m. Saturday.  As his vehicle traveled north across Business Loop 70, it was struck by a motorcycle driven by 48 year old Tracy Page of Moberly.  Page was then ejected from his vehicle.  Page was taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.  Bousquet was not injured.

 

VICTIMS IDENTIFIED IN DOWNING SHOOTING

 

Court documents reveal that confrontational conversations on social media appear to be what led up to a deadly shooting in Downing, Missouri, on Friday.  One man was fatally shot, and a woman was shot in the leg around 5:30 p.m. at a home at 302 East Bard Street in Downing.  Takoda Reese, 20, of Downing, is charged with First-Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and First-Degree Assault.  The names of the two victims have now been released.  According to Schuyler County Sheriff Joe Wuebker, the man who was shot to death was Kolton Wyatt Baker, 26, of Downing.  The woman who was shot in the leg was Tiffany Triplet, 24, of Kirksville.  She was taken to a Columbia hospital where she was listed in fair condition as of late Monday morning.  Baker died of his injuries.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control is assisting the sheriff's office with the investigation.  Troopers say in court documents that Reese went to Baker's home Friday and fatally shot Baker with a 9 mm handgun and wounded Triplet with the same weapon.  Authorities said that during an interview with investigators following the shooting, Reese admitted to having numerous confrontational conversations with Baker via social media throughout the day on Friday.  Troopers said Reese admitted he was angry as a result of those conversations.  Investigators state in court papers that the suspect told them, "He got the best of me and made me mad."  The highway patrol said evidence obtained by investigators led them to believe that Reese deliberated about his actions before going to Baker's residence on Friday.  Reese is being held on $500,000 bond.  An autopsy on Baker's body is scheduled for Tuesday.  

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN REFUSES TO LEAVE HOME DURING FIRE

 

A Kirksville man is being questioned by law enforcement after a fire was set beneath his home.  Authorities were called to the scene at Woodland Village Mobile Home Court in the 1700 block of North Centennial Street around 12:30 p.m. Monday.  Police communications revealed that a man was aware his home was on fire, yet he refused to leave. The Kirksville Police Department told KTVO the man had intentionally set the fire, and arson charges are a likely possibility.  After a brief struggle, the man was taken into police custody for questioning.  Any criminal charges are pending a full investigation. His name is not being released at this time.  The Kirksville Fire Department said the fire caused only minor exterior damage to the single wide mobile home.

 

 




October 7, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed in an accident that occurred at 12am Sunday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 47 year old Kevin Allmeroth of Catawissa, MO was on Missouri Route HH when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road, began to slide, crossed the center of the roadway, traveled off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned, coming to rest off the roadway on its top.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

THREE INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle wreck Saturday night in St. Charles County.  32 year old Jonathan Martinez of St. Louis was westbound on I-70 when his car was struck in the rear by a car driven by 35 year old Lauren Asbridge of St. Peters and after impact her car entered the grass median and overturned.  Jonathan Martinez suffered minor injuries, while his passenger 24 year old Chelsea Brake of St. Louis and Lauren Asbridge sustained moderate injuries.  All three were taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.

 

TWO TEENS AND MAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH

 

Two teens and a man were hurt in a Sunday evening crash in Franklin County.  19 year old Jacob Townsend of St. Clair was on Highway 47 and making a left turn and did not see a car driven by 42 year old David Roussin of St. Clair and as a result, the man’s car struck the teen’s car in the left front side and then the man’s car struck a guardrail.  Both drivers and a passenger in the teen’s car 19 year old Sarah Murphy of Robertsville were transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 




Weekend Report- October 5-6, 2019

 

HERMANN MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Hermann man was injured in an accident that occurred just before 10pm Saturday in Gasconade County.  57 year old Thomas Held was riding his ATV on 1954 Sand Plant Road in Hermann when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Morgan County.  The patrol says that 40 year old Gabrial Lewis of Barnett, MO was on Route W when his truck traveled off the right side of the road, overturned and ejected him from the truck.  He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN BOONE COUNTY CRASH

 

A Columbia woman was hurt in a Saturday afternoon crash in Boone County.  37 year old Kirstin Steitz was attempting to merge onto I-70 when she drove off the right side of the road, struck a delineator post and overturned.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




October 4, 2019

 

COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOTS FIRED

 

A Columbia man is facing several charges after shots were fired Wednesday night in Columbia Columbia police responded to the corner of Rice Road and Boyd Lane around 7 p.m. Wednesday. According to the Columbia Police, they found shell casings and broken glass but no victims, suspects or vehicles.  Police received descriptions for two vehicles from witnesses at the scene and responded to the 3600 block of Chestnut Street approximately 30 minutes later after a report of a wounded person. They found one of the vehicles at the scene and tracked down the other nearby. Police then arrested 21 year old Terrell Marquise Lawrence and charged him with assault, domestic assault, armed criminal action, being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and property damage.

 

EVACUATION AT KRAFT HEINZ PLANT IN KIRKSVILLE

 

A hazmat situation at Kirksville's Kraft Heinz plant late Wednesday night prompted the evacuation of all non-essential personnel. Plant officials called the Kirksville Fire Department just before 11:30 p.m. to report an anhydrous ammonia leak inside the building. KFD responded with one engine and its hazmat trailer. According to Assistant Fire Chief David Rigdon, his personnel were there on standby in case their services were needed. He said Kraft Heinz crews handled the situation without needing the fire department's help. Rigdon said the anhydrous ammonia leak was contained to the area of the plant where it happened. Crews then ventilated the plant. Employees arriving to work overnight and early Thursday morning were turned away until the situation was resolved. The fire department was on the scene for almost four-and-a-half hours.

Rigdon said he was not aware of any injuries associated with the incident.

 

THREAT MADE AT WILLIAM MATTHEW MIDDLE SCHOOL IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Local law enforcement is investigating after a threat was made at Kirksville's William Matthew Middle School Thursday morning. According to Kirksville School District Superintendent Robert Webb, the threat originated on the social media platform Snapchat. He said the "snap" or the message was sent to roughly 40 to 50 students. A student that saw the threat was able to screenshot the message on her phone, and shared it with school district officials. School personnel then alerted the Kirksville Police Department. Webb said that the Snapchat that was sent indicated that school was closed and that some sort of gun violence was going to occur.

A Facebook post by school officials said:

“There was a threat made regarding the middle school this morning. The police were immediately involved. They have investigated and deemed the threat not credible. Law enforcement and the District do not believe there is any risk to students and staff. Additional information will be provided if necessary. Please rely on official district communication channels for updates to help us reduce misinformation. Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe." Webb also said that the student involved will face consequences. However, at this time, he did not specify the severity of those consequences as discussions between school officials, law enforcement and the parents of the student are ongoing.

 




October 3, 2019

 

TWO INJURED IN EARLY THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Two people were injured in an accident that occurred just before 3am Thursday in Howard County.  The patrol says that 30 year old Amy Huber of Blackburn, MO was on Route P and driving too fast for conditions when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her truck to travel off the left side of the roadway, strike a fence and a ditch before coming to rest off the roadway.  Both the driver and her passenger 24 year old Zechariah Johnson of Windsor, MO were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Clair man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Thursday morning in Franklin County.  78 year old Larry McHugh was westbound on I-44 when his car traveled off the right side of the road, struck the guardrail end, returned to the roadway, where it overturned onto its driver’s side, while skidding on the road, returned to its wheels and skidded back off the right side of the road, struck the guardrail a second time, before coming to rest on the shoulder against the guardrail.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

EPA ANNOUNCES $15 MILLION GRANT FUNDING TO BENEFIT RURAL AND SMALL WATER SYSTEMS

 

On Monday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $15 million in funding for technical assistance and training providers to improve the water quality of small and private water systems that are often located in rural communities across the United States. Ensuring everyone has access to clean and safe water, no matter the size of the water system, is a top priority for EPA.

“Small water systems, especially those in rural communities, face unique challenges, and the Trump Administration is helping them address these challenges and provide clean, safe drinking water for their residents,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “These grants will help ensure that smaller water systems have the knowledge, training and technical assistance needed so they can continue to provide clean drinking water and safeguard public health.

 

Funding will be used by nonprofit organizations to provide small public drinking water and wastewater systems with training and technical assistance to achieve and maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act, improve operational performance and help inform private drinking water well owners about protecting their drinking water supply. Small water systems often face unique financial and operational challenges including aging infrastructure, workforce shortages, increasing costs and declining rate bases. EPA is committed to helping these systems protect public health and provide reliable drinking water and wastewater services that meet federal and state regulations.

 




October 2, 2019

 

HERMANN MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Hermann man was injured in an accident that occurred at 11am Tuesday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 75 year old James Meyer was on Leach Branch Road when he suffered a medical emergency, causing his car to cross the center of the roadway and travel off the left side of the road into a ditch.  He was transported by ambulance to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING

 

A driver was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash early Tuesday morning in Lincoln County.  31 year old Adam Young of Troy was on Davis Road when he failed to negotiate a curve and his motorcycle overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN ONE-VEHICLE WRECK

 

A woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Cole County.  72 year old Donna Schubert of Lohman, MO was on Route D when she suffered an unknown medical condition where she lost consciousness, causing her truck to run off the left side of the road, strike a utility pole and a garage.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Capital Regional Medical Center in Jefferson City for treatment.

 

 




October 1, 2019

 

ROAD WORK PLANNED ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTES NN & CC

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing pavement maintenance on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route NN - Now-Oct. 3, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from the North Outer Road (Booneslick Road) to the gravel where state maintenance ends for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place.

 

Montgomery County Route CC - Oct. 8, the road will be closed from just east of Third Street to Glazier Trail for a culvert replacement. The work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. that day. Emergency vehicles will be able to access the nursing home if needed. For the closure, motorists will need to use alternate routes during this time.

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA PAWN SHOP THIEVES ARRESTED

 

Authorities say two men have been arrested after 66 guns were stolen from a Columbia pawnshop. Twenty-year-old Alexander Michael Mears was charged Friday with five counts of second-degree burglary, while 26-year-old Tyler Hilderman was charged Thursday with one count of first-degree burglary. No attorney is listed for either of them in online court records. Bond is set at $30,000 for Hilderman and $25,000 for Mears. The Columbia Missourian reports that charging documents say Hilderman admitted his involvement in the Sept. 16 heist from Tiger Pawn during an interview with police. Police say "multiple stolen firearms" have been recovered, although exact numbers weren't provided. The pawnshop robbery was among three gun heists this summer in Columbia. A sporting goods store also was robbed twice, with a total of 39 firearms taken.

 

RE-EVALUATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY UNDERWAY 

FOR ADDITION OF CLIMBING LANES ON INTERSTATE 70 AT MINEOLA HILL 

  

Public Comments Accepted Until October 28, 2019

 

As part of the planning stages for the addition of a climbing lane in both the east and westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at Mineola Hill, the Missouri Department of Transportation is accepting public comments as part of a re-evaluation of an environmental assessment completed in 2005.

 

The results of that study can be found at improvei70.org/environmental_6.htm. Individuals or organizations wishing to comment can do so by emailing christopher.knapp@modot.mo.gov, calling 1-888-ASK-MODOT or through MoDOT Northeast District Twitter at MoDOT_Northeast and Facebook at MoDOT Northeast District. Comments must be submitted before Monday, October 28, 2019.

 

This process is part of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of the 2005 Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Second Tier Final Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Segment of Independent Utility 6 for the addition of climbing lanes at Mineola Hill.

 

MoDOT expects the re-evaluation to be completed in February 2020.

 

 




September 30, 2019

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

A Foley man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:15pm Sunday in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Jarod Maessen was riding his motorcycle on Highway 47 at a high rate of speed when he lost control and it overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was airlifted by Air Evac Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

A woman was hurt in a Sunday night crash in St. Charles County.  50 year old Dana Baker of O'Fallon, MO was westbound on I-70 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an abandoned parked car, then continued across the lanes of traffic and struck the median wall.  She was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

ARMED DISTURBANCE AT COLUMBIA RESTAURANT

Columbia Police were dispatched to a local restaurant after a report of an incident involving a weapon Saturday night.  According to the Columbia Police, officers reported to the House of Chow in Columbia at approximately 9:15 p.m. where they found two victims of the incident, one of which had life threatening injuries. 29 year old David Chen of Columbia was taken into custody and charged with assault and armed criminal action in connection to the incident.

 




 





Weekend Report- September 28-29, 2019

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:20pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 22 year old Madison Denton of Olathe, KS was westbound on I-70 when she lost control of her vehicle, overcorrected, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned several times, before coming to rest on its wheels.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Morgan County.  28 year old Rachel Randall of Smithton, MO was on MO 135 when she crossed the center line with her ATV, ran off the road, struck a ditch and overturned.  She was taken to Bothwell Hospital with serious injuries.

MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH

A man was hurt in a Friday night crash in Callaway County.  45 year old William Presson of Olney, IL was eastbound on I-70 when his van traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the median cables, continued straight and struck a guardrail end and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.





September 27, 2019

 

KIRKSVILLE MURDER TRIAL DATE SET

 

A date has been set for the murder trial of two central Missouri cousins charged with murder. The murder trial of Trebion Dorsey, 15, and his 16-year-old cousin, Demetric Dorsey, both of Mexico, Missouri, has been set for November 26, 2019 at the Adair County Courthouse in Kirksville. The trial was originally scheduled to take place in Audrain County, but it was rescheduled to take place in Adair County on a change of venue. The suspects, along with a third relative, are accused of fatally shooting 27-year-old man at a child's birthday party in Mexico, Missouri, on February 1, 2019. Demetric's brother, Dekhise Dorsey, 18, also of Mexico, faces the same charges as his younger relatives. The younger Dorseys have been certified to stand trial as adults. The three teenagers face charges of Second-Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action, First-Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

 

SIXTH KILLING THIS MONTH IN COLUMBIA

 

Authorities are investigating the killing of a Columbia man whose shooting death is the sixth this month in the college town. Police said in a news release that 23-year-old James Hickem was shot Wednesday night and died later at a hospital. The shooting came hours after Columbia city leaders held a news conference on recent violence, including two killings Sunday. The Columbia Missourian reports that Police Chief Geoff Jones lamented that the department is short 10 or 11 officers. He said later in the evening at Neighborhood Watch Association meeting that detectives have worked hundreds of hours of overtime in the wake of the recent shootings. He says that his officers "have been stretched as far as any police department can be stretched" in the past month.

 

CLOSURES SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND AND MONDAY

 

A ramp closure is scheduled for Friday in Boone County Contractors will be conducting pavement work on U.S. Route 63 in Boone County and will close the northbound entrance ramp from Missouri Route 763 until 8 p.m. Friday.  MoDOT has also scheduled a lane closure for eastbound U.S. highway 36 in Macon County for Monday morning.  Work on the Gantz Street Bridge will take place Monday and will reduce eastbound 36 to one lane from 8 a.m. until noon.  All work is weather permitting and subject to change.  For more information visit modot.org or call 1-888-ASK-MODOT

 

 




September 26, 2019

WOMAN INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Truxton woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 3:05pm Wednesday in Lincoln County.  56 year old Barbara Gunn was on Highway A when she swerved to miss an animal and her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, returned to the road and overturned.  She was taken to Progress West Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY MORNING WRECK

A Jefferson City driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday morning in Cole County.  20 year old Yulisa McManus was on Tanner Bridge Road when her Ford Windstar went across the center line, she overcorrected, causing it to leave the roadway and strike a tree.  She sustained minor injuries and was transported to Capital Regional Medical Center for treatment.

FARMINGTON WOMAN HURT IN CRASH

A Farmington woman was hurt in a Wednesday morning crash in St. Francois County.  29 year old Jonni Rodgers was on Old Frederick Town Road when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and returned to the roadway, coming to rest.  She was taken to Parkland Health Center for treatment of minor injuries.





September 25, 2019

 

DRIVER KILLED, OTHER DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION

 

A driver was killed and the other driver was seriously injured in a head-on collision that occurred at 7:55am Tuesday in Osage County.  The patrol says that 22 year old Lacey Clark of Bland, MO was on US 63 when her vehicle crossed the center line and into the path of a vehicle driven by 44 year old Regina Troesser of Bonnots Hill, MO when the head-on collision occurred.  Regina Troesser was pronounced dead at the scene, while Lacey Clark was airlifted by Arch Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY CAR IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

 

A pedestrian was struck by a car Tuesday night in Audrain County.  28 year old Brittany Cruz Carmona of Mexico was on US 54 when she swerved to miss a pedestrian in the roadway, but still struck the pedestrian.  The pedestrian was identified as 26 year old Collin Mosley of Auxvasse.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN STRUCK AND KILLED TUESDAY NIGHT

 

A man was struck and killed Tuesday night in Boone County.  The report states that 27 year old Andrew Medley of Jefferson City was on US 63 as 37 year old Jeremy Hall of East Alton, IL was walking on US 63 and was struck by Medley’s auto.  Jeremy Hall was pronounced dead at the scene.

   




September 24, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING DOUBLE HOMICIDE

 

Two Columbia residents are dead after an apparent double homicide early Sunday morning in Columbia Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of McKee Street at around 3:10am Sunday after a report of shots fired.  They say two victims were found to be suffering from gunshot wounds. 36 year old Antonio Lasha Houston and 33 year old Danielle Beverly-Mae Marine, both of Columbia, were taken to a Columbia Emergency Room where both were pronounced dead.  An investigation by the Columbia Police Department is ongoing and anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police at 573-874-7652 or Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

THREE INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three people from Hawk Point were injured, two seriously in an accident that occurred at 7:50pm Monday in Lincoln County.  24 year old Shelby Roettger was on MO Route 47 when she attempted to avoid another vehicle that was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes, but her auto traveled off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, continued on and then struck a utility pole.  Both the driver and one of her passengers’ 46 year old Lynn Roettger sustained serious injuries, while the other passenger 38 year old Brian Young suffered minor injuries.  All three were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

 

MAN HURT IN MONDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Warrenton man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday morning in Warren County.  31 year old Christopher Jenkins was on Highway 47 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his car to run off the right side of the road and strike an embankment.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




September 23, 2019

 

THREE HURT IN HOWARD COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three people were injured, two suffered serious injuries, in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Friday evening on Howard County Route DD.  44 year old Shaun Shannon, of Franklin and 42 year old George Thomas, of Fayette were both seriously injured.  They were passengers in a southbound vehicle driven by 41 year old Dennis Shannon, of New Franklin, who was treated for moderate injuries.  The patrol says the vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a group of trees.  All three occupants were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  

 

WOMAN INJURED IN OSAGE COUNTY WRECK

 

A Chamois woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Osage County.  59 year old Bonita Gabelsberger was on Highway 100 when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a culvert.  She was transported by ambulance to Capital Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

Two people from Foley, MO were hurt in a Sunday night crash in Lincoln County.  The patrol says that 50 year old Glen Wright was on Fox Run Road when his Jeep Wrangler suffered a mechanical malfunction, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway, returned to the roadway and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries while his passenger a 15 year old juvenile suffered minor injuries.  Both were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

 




Weekend Report- September 21-22, 2019

 

MAN KILLED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Foley man was killed in an accident that occurred at 8:20pm Saturday in Lincoln County.  67 year old Terry Schell was on Route Y when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 46 year old Bradley Powell of High Ridge, MO was on 3025 Karen Court when his truck ran off the road, down an embankment, overturned and struck a tree.  He was airlifted by Survival Flight Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A Desoto man was hurt in a Saturday night crash in Jefferson County.  35 year old Charles Schulte was on Breckenridge Road when he failed to negotiate a curve to the right, causing his car to cross the center line and travel off the left side of the roadway, strike a fence and a tree.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

 




September 20, 2019

 

HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE GIVES APPROVAL TO FLOOD RECOVERY BILL 

 

Legislation to help Missourians recover from this year’s devastating floods and better prepare for future floods was approved today by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. The bill, the “Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act” (H.R. 3779), allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide Missouri and other states resources to set up a fund for mitigation projects that reduce disaster risks.Congressman Sam Graves (MO-06), who serves as Ranking Member of the Committee, made the following statement after pushing for changes to the bill that would help North Missouri. “This year’s flooding has absolutely devastated North Missouri. Levees up and down the Missouri, Mississippi and rivers in-between were breached. We’ve got to make sure that our river communities have the ability to recover, as well as prevent future flooding. I’m glad we were able make important changes to the Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act, particularly the inclusion of non-federal levees, providing another important tool to help our communities, farmers, and businesses better prepare for future disasters.  In his remarks before the Transportation Committee, Graves applauded Clarksville, Missouri Mayor Jo Anne Smiley for advocating for the bill. Clarksville, located along the Mississippi River in Pike County, was inundated by floodwaters again this year.  Earlier this year, Graves introduced similar legislation – the “Resilient Communities Act of 2019.” Several elements of that bill were incorporated into the “Resilience Revolving Loan Fund Act,” specifically the inclusion of non-federal levees. By expanding the types of projects eligible – for example, repair and reconstruction of non-federal levees – the bill will support and enhance FEMA’s existing mitigation programs.  Under the bill, assistance can also be applied to projects related to non-profits and businesses, if they reduce flood risk.

 

MAN WITH SEVERAL WARRANTS ATTEMPTS TO FLEE AND RESIST ARREST INSIDE MOBERLY LOWES

 

On September 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM, the Moberly Police Department received information in regards to the location of wanted person, Paul Goldsmith. Goldsmith was known to three Randolph County Warrants for Parole Violation, each with a $20,000 Cash Only Bond as well as a misdemeanor stealing warrant out of Boone County. Officers responded to the area of Lowe’s at 1800 East Outer Road in Moberly where he was last seen entering the business. Officers entered the store and located Goldsmith and he immediately turned and ran. Even after officers gained control of Goldsmith, he continued to resist and fight with officers but was ultimately taken into custody. He was unable to post the required bond amounts and was transported to the Randolph County Jail in Huntsville. Additional charges for resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance will be forwarded to the Randolph County prosecutor’s office for review and formal filing. At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of methamphetamine, multiple controlled substance pills and drug paraphernalia.

  

HONOR FLIGHT 60 TAKES TO THE AIR MONDAY

 

On Monday, September 23, a blended passenger list of veterans who proudly served our country will be treated to a trip of a lifetime to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials dedicated to their military service. Honor Flight #60 features 110 heroes from the Korean War and Vietnam War and will take flight at 1:45 am Monday and will return to a public homecoming at 9:30 pm that night at the Courtyard by Marriott in Columbia.  They will be escorted back to the hotel and arrive under the stars and stripes provided by the Columbia Fire Department. Area law enforcement agencies, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol make it possible that our honor flight buses return to the hotel in grand style! The Homecoming at the hotel located at 3301 Lemone Industrial Drive in Columbia is a highlight of the day as well as a great community event!  The public is encouraged to arrive at 8:45 pm on Monday, to get a good view of the returning veterans and to view the inspirational flag ceremony in the hotel parking lot.  You are invited and encouraged to be part of the honor flight experience at 9:30 pm Monday evening. Seeing the crowd waiting to greet the veterans on the flight is the perfect “welcome home” that so many of our veterans never received but all deserved. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.centralmissourihonorflight.com

 




September 19, 2019

 

DEATH INVESTIGATION CONTINUES IN GASCONADE COUNTY

 

On September 16 a 37-year-old male and four-year-old male child were found deceased in rural Gasconade County. Investigators have identified the child as Bentlee J. Turner, and the adult as Monty Jason Barton. Both resided in Belle, Missouri. Autopsies are scheduled for today in Columbia. At 8:13 p.m., on Monday, the Belle Police Department notified the Missouri State Highway Patrol of a missing four-year-old male from Belle, Missouri. The child had reportedly been with a 37-year-old male family friend since the morning hours of Sunday, September 15. At 11:30 p.m., on September 16, officers located the male’s vehicle on Valentine Ford Road near Missouri Route A in Gasconade County. Further investigation revealed the male and child deceased nearby. An ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the deaths is being conducted by investigators of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, the Belle Police Department, Osage County Sheriff’s Department, and Gasconade County Sheriff’s Department.

 

HUMAN REMAINS FOUND DURING LANDFILL DIG RELATED TO DISAPPEARANCE OF MEGAN SHULTZ

 

The Columbia Police Department held a press conference Wednesday to share an update regarding the landfill exploratory dig in relation to the 2006 disappearance of Megan Shultz. Detectives and Solid Waste Utility crews found what appeared to be human remains on Wednesday. CPD has been working with a professional anthropologist who confirmed that what was found is, in fact, human remains.  The Columbia Police Department cannot say with certainty that these remains belong to Megan Shultz. The identification process will be extensive and will include DNA testing. "The remains and evidence located with the remains are consistent with what we expected to find when looking for Megan," Columbia Police Chief Geoff Jones said.  The Chief went on to say the landfill dig will continue with the hope that crews find additional evidence that will assist in the investigation. Anyone with information regarding Megan's disappearance and this case is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous. On Aug. 4, 2019, Keith Alan Comfort turned himself into the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Police Department and made voluntary statements to them that implicated himself in the murder of Shultz, who was his wife at the time. Comfort indicated that he disposed of Shultz's remains in a garbage dumpster in the 1700 block of Amelia Street in August 2006.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ARMED ROBBERY AT 101 EAST NIFONG BLVD

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery at Midwest Petroleum (Phillips 66), located at 101 E. Nifong Blvd., on Sept. 18 at approximately 3:30 a.m. The suspect implied he had a weapon however no weapon was displayed or observed. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a tan baseball hat, sunglasses, a red jacket with black sleeves, blue jeans, and tan boots. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 




September 18, 2019

 

COOPER COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT

 

A Pilot Grove man sustained minor injuries in an ATV accident Tuesday morning. The highway patrol said 70 year old Vernon A. Twenter was eastbound on Route N, near Twentr Way Drive at 10:30 AM when he attempted to check his load while driving. The ATV traveled off the right side of the roadway and the driver was ejected and the ATV ended up on top of him. Twenter’s injuries were minor. He was transported to Boone Hospital by ambulance.

 

ATTEMPT TO AVOID DEER RESULTS IN COLLISION WITH TREE IN MARION COUNTY

 

The patrol said two people were in a vehicle that attempted to avoid a collision with a deer but still ended up in a wreck in Marion County. It happened on County Road 410, two miles north of Hannibal at 2:30 pm Monday. Landen J. Gruenlow of Palmyra was southbound and attempted to avoid a deer in the roadway. His auto went off the left side of the road and struck a tree. The driver was not injured, however a passenger, Robert L. Ledbetter, age 56, of Hannibal had moderate injuries and was transported by Marion County Ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The auto the two men were in was totaled.  The Marion County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.

 

AUDRAIN MURDER CASES INVOLVING COUSINS MOVED TO ADAIR COUNTY

 

Your Source KTVO & KTVO dot com reports the case of two central Missouri cousins charged with murder has now been moved to Kirksville. The suspects, along with a third relative, are accused of fatally shooting a 27-year-old man at a child's birthday party in Mexico, Missouri, on February 1, 2019. The murder cases of Trebion Dorsey, 15, and his 16-year-old cousin, Demetric Dorsey, both of Mexico, has been moved to Adair County on a change of venue from Audrain County. The two underage suspects have been certified to stand trial as adults. Demetric's brother, Dekhise Dorsey, 18, also of Mexico, faces the same charges as the other two suspects. The three teenagers are all charged with Second-Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action, First-Degree Assault and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

Court documents reveal that Dekhise Dorsey told police during an interview that he, his brother and his cousin were at a birthday party when they saw the victim there. Dekhise said the three confronted him about previous issues, and a physical fight broke out. Dorsey said the victim then took off running, and he heard one single gunshot. Dorsey told police the person who fired the fatal shot did not mean to shoot the victim and that the shooter was scared. Dekhise then refused to talk about what the three did after the shooting. They were not at the scene when police arrived. All three turned themselves in to police together the day after the shooting. The victim was still alive when officers arrived. He told them "The Dorseys" had shot him. He later died at a hospital. Demetric and Trebion Dorsey are set to be arraigned in Adair County Circuit Court on September 25, 2019.

 

 




September 17, 2019

 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT AT PRICES CREEK ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE JJ AWARDED BY COMMISSION

 

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission awarded a contract to E & C Bridge, of Jamestown, Missouri, for a bridge replacement on Montgomery County Route JJ.  The project will be at Price’s Creek, located 1 mile east of Montgomery County Route E near Bellflower. The total cost of the project is approximately $515,854. The work is expected to begin next spring. The new bridge will be 24 feet wide, which is 4 feet wider than the existing one. The road will be closed during construction.

 

PEDISTRIAN KILLED IN COLUMBIA ACCIDENT

 

A woman in Columbia is dead after being struck by a car Monday night. Boone County Joint Communications said in an alert that Clark Lane was closed between Woodland Springs and Hanover Boulevard after a crash. Columbia Police later confirmed that information and said the woman was walking on the road when she was hit. The driver has not been identified as of yet and was on scene talking with police.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE TWO HOMICIDES

 

Columbia Police investigate two homicides The Columbia Police Department responded to a report of shots fired Friday, Sept. 13 at 11:55 p.m. near Forest Ave. and Grand Ave. Officers found two people with gunshot wounds. They were identified as Sam Baldwin IV, 28, of Columbia with life-threatening injuries and Nadria Wright, 18, of Columbia with life-threatening injuries. Wright was later pronounced deceased at a local hospital. The Columbia Police Department responded to a report of shots fired on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 2:06 a.m. near 5th Ave. and Park Ave. Officers were told an individual had been shot and was transported to a local hospital via a private vehicle. A short time later a local hospital notified Columbia Police a gunshot wound victim was at their emergency department. The individual was identified as E'quan Spain, 19, of Columbia. Spain was later pronounced deceased. Both of these incidents are active cases and under investigation. No arrests have been made. No additional information is currently available. The Columbia Police Department needs the community's help with both of these shootings and deaths. Anyone with any information on either or both of these incidents is encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

 




September 16, 2019

 

THREE KILLED IN COLE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three people were killed in an accident that occurred after 12pm Sunday in Cole County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Demarius Rubin of Memphis, TN was westbound in the eastbound lanes of US 54 when his truck struck a car driven by 91 year old Bernard Steffel of St. Louis head-on.  After the collision, the truck overturned into the median.  Both drivers and a passenger in the car, 89 year old Marilyn Steffel of St. Louis were pronounced dead at the scene.

 

TWO WOMEN INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

Two Springfield, MO women were injured, one seriously in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Franklin County.  20 year old Larissa Hood was westbound on I-44 when her car traveled partly onto the left shoulder, she overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway, struck the median cable barrier and overturned.  She sustained serious injuries, while her passenger 22 year old Anna Hood suffered minor injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Jefferson City teen was hurt in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in Cole County.  19 year old Connor Quinn was on South Country Club Drive when his motorcycle traveled off the right side of the road, struck a culvert and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




Weekend Report- September 14-15, 2019

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 3am Sunday in Howard County.  20 year old Austin Nichols of Harrisburg was on County Road 408 and traveling too fast for conditions when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN COLE COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Louis teen was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Cole County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Chloe Gralike was on US 54 when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her truck to run off the road, strike an embankment and overturned, ejecting the driver.  She was airlifted by MU Air to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A Columbia driver was hurt in a Saturday afternoon crash in Boone County.  41 year old Roderick Whitaker was on MO 763 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the median barrier and signs, before returning to the highway and then ran off the right side of the road.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




September 13, 2019

 

TEMPORARY LANE CLOSURES PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing pavement maintenance on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route K - Sept. 16-19, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 19 to the Callaway County Line for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  There will be a 10 foot width restriction in place.

 

Montgomery County Route FF - Sept. 23-24, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from Montgomery County Route E to the gravel where state maintenance ends for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. There will be a 10 foot width restriction in place.

 

Montgomery County Route NN - Sept. 25-27, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from the North Outer Road (Booneslick Road) to the gravel where state maintenance ends for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. There will be a 10 foot width restriction in place.

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A Ballwin man was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:15pm Thursday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 40 year old Nathan Rascher was riding his motorcycle on Route 100 when he attempted to avoid an unknown vehicle that pulled out into his path but his motorcycle rolled onto its right side and ejected him from it.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MOTORCYCLIST HURT IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A motorcyclist was hurt in a Thursday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  39 year old Jimmy Watson of Union, MO was eastbound on I-44 when his motorcycle experienced an equipment failure and rolled onto its left side before ejecting him from the bike.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 




September 12, 2019

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK

 

A Jefferson City woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 8pm Wednesday in Montgomery County.  59 year old Janice Lauer was on Missouri 94 when her vehicle struck a deer in the roadway.  She was transported by ambulance to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A man was injured in a Wednesday afternoon accident in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 24 year old Colin Elder of Leubbering, MO was on Weida Road when his motorcycle ran off the right side of the road, overturned, crossed the roadway and struck a fence.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN TUESDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A Versailles teen was hurt in a Tuesday night crash in Morgan County.  17 year old Alana Madole was on Route C when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert.  She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




September 11, 2019

 

NEVER FORGET SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001 – PATRIOT DAY!

 

This is Patriot Day and most will remember September 11, 2001, four planes were hijacked. The hijackers then deliberately flew three of the planes into two important buildings, the Pentagon in Washington DC and the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these hijackings caused form the biggest act of terrorism ever on United States soil. Nearly 3000 people died in those attacks and the economic impact was immense. Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

 

TWO VEHICLES COLLIDE IN AUDRAIN COUNTY

 

Both drivers had minor injuries after a crash in Audrain County. The patrol said that wreck occurred at 10:50 PM Tuesday night on US 54 Eastbound, 200 feet east of Audrain Road 841 when Wendi M. Nielson, 39 of Mexico, MO was westbound and crossed the centerline of the highway and struck an eastbound auto driven by 17 year old Alexis T. Harvey of Martinsburg. Both drivers were transported to SMN Health Audrain for treatment.

 

FEMA REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS ENDED BUT HELP REMAINS

 

The deadline for registering with FEMA for disaster assistance has passed, but that does not mean FEMA is leaving. The agency continues working with the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency on the recovery process for this year’s spring and summer severe storms and flooding. Recovery officials encourage Missouri residents who registered for disaster assistance with FEMA to stay in touch. If survivors change addresses or phone numbers, they should contact FEMA to update their information. Missing or incorrect information could result in delays in receiving assistance. Applicants have the right to appeal FEMA’s eligibility decisions, including the amount of the grant. Missouri survivors who don’t agree with FEMA’s eligibility decision may file an appeal within 60 days of receiving their determination letter, even though the registration deadline has passed. For information on additional documentation that should be submitted as part of an appeal, contact the FEMA helpline. Appeals must be made in writing explaining why the agency should re-evaluate its decision and sent by mail or fax to FEMA. For more information on filing an appeal or other information, survivors can contact theFEMA assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY) anytime from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Help is available in most languages. Other ways to contact FEMA:  DisasterAssistance.gov or DisasterAssistance.gov/es (for Spanish) or on the FEMA Mobile App (also in English and Spanish) The application deadline for a U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest disaster loan for physical damage also has passed. In some circumstances, disaster loan applications may be accepted on a case by case basis after the deadline. For information, call the SBA Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, emailDisasterCustomerService@SBA.gov, or visit SBA’s website at sba.gov/disaster. If you are deaf, hard-of-hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-877-8339. The filing deadline for businesses to submit loan applications for economic injury is April 9, 2020.

 




September 10, 2019

 

PATCHING CONTINUES FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing pavement maintenance on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route K - Sept. 10-13, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 19 to the Callaway County Line for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day. 

Montgomery County Route FF - Sept. 16-17, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from Montgomery County Route E to the gravel where state maintenance ends for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. 

Montgomery County Route NN - Sept. 18-20, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from the North Outer Road (Booneslick Road) to the gravel where state maintenance ends for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day. 

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

OUT OF STATE DRIVER INJURED WHEN VEHICLE COLLIDES WITH TRACTOR TRAILER ON I-70

 

A Chesterfield, VA driver received serious injuries when his westbound auto drove into the rear of an 18 wheeler on Interstate 70 at the 152 mile marker in Callaway County shortly before 7 o’clock Monday evening. 17 year old Brinan C. Keene was transported by Callaway County EMS to University Hospital in Columbia. The trucker, identified as 35 year old Charlotte Stelly of Baton Rouge, LA was not injured.

 

PASSENGER ON MOTORCYCLE EJECTED WHEN BIKE COLLIDES WITH DEER

 

A Bogard woman was seriously injured when she was ejected from the motorcycle she was a passenger on Saturday night in Carroll County. The patrol reports 49 year old Andrea B. Rodenberg of Bogard was a passenger on a motorcycle operated by her husband 33 year old Christopher V. Rodenberg of Bogard when the eastbound motorcycle crested a hill on Highway K at County Road 121 and struck a deer. That accident happened around 10:11 PM Saturday night. She was transported by Carroll County EMS to Carroll County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 




Sept. 9, 2019

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A Laddonia man was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:50am Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Ryan Drummond was on Route J when he attempted to avoid gravel in the roadway and traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN UTV CRASH

A Holts Summit woman was seriously injured in a UTV crash early Sunday morning in Callaway County.  35 year old Janetta Quinn was on County Road 391 when she lost control on a gravel road, ran off the right side of the road and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

A Columbia driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Boone County.  69 year old Deborah Barnard was southbound on US 63 when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the cable barrier and traveled across the median cross over.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.





Sept. 6, 2019

MAN INJURED IN EARLY FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

A St. Louis man was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15am Friday in Jefferson County.  32 year old Michael Mueller was on West Four Ridge Road when he failed to negotiate a right turn, causing his motorcycle to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a rock.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

TEEN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday night in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 16 year old Xavier Plassmeyer of Union, MO was on Clearview Road and driving too fast for the curvature of the road when his car began sliding, ran off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road and crossed the center of the road and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

TWO INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

Two St. Clair people were injured in a Thursday afternoon crash in Franklin County.  38 year old Bodette Algiere was on St. Louis Rock Road when she failed to negotiate a curve to the left and her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  Both the driver and her passenger 35 year old Timothy Stephens sustained moderate injuries and were taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.





September 5, 2019

 

HURRY, SEPTEMBER 9TH IS DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE

 

Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained losses or damage in the April 29-July 5 storms and flooding have just a few days left to apply for disaster assistance. September 9 is the deadline to register for disaster assistance from FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration. After registering with FEMA, most residents are automatically referred to SBA to apply for a low-interest disaster loan. SBA’s disaster loans are the largest source of long-term federal disaster recovery funds for residents, businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations. Missouri counties designated for FEMA Individual Assistance are Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchanan, Callaway, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, McDonald, Miller, Newton, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski, St. Charles and Saline counties. Don’t delay. Register today before the Sept. 9 deadline in one of the following ways:

 

o Online at DisasterAssistance.gov

o By phone at the disaster assistance helpline: 800-621-FEMA (3362), v/vp/711 or 800-462- 7585 (TTY). Lines are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

 

Follow recovery updates in Missouri on Twitter @MOSEMA_ and @FEMARegion7. Get the latest information at Missouri's recovery website and FEMA's disaster webpage. For information on applying for an SBA loan, call 800-659-2955 or email SBA's disaster customer service. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, call text relay at 800-877-8339. Missouri survivors with additional needs resulting from the April 29- July 5 storms and flooding should call 2-1-1 for assistance.

 

CAR FIRE IN MEXICO

 

On Saturday, August 31, 2019 at approximately 10:26PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Abat in reference to a car fire.  Responding personnel learned that the vehicle had been leaking gasoline and a fire began in the engine compartment.  The fire was contained to this area of the car and extinguished.  The vehicle was towed from the scene and there were no injuries from the incident.

 

WARRANT FOR SECOND SUSPECT IN SEPTEMBER 2ND SHOOT ISSUED

 

The Columbia Police Department is actively searching for Davion Lewarren Manns, 19, of Columbia in relation to the shooting on I-70 just east of Stadium Blvd in the eastbound lanes. Detectives developed probable cause to obtain a no-bond warrant for the following charges: two counts of assault, armed criminal action, unlawful use of a weapon, and endangering the welfare of a child.  The Columbia Police department responded to a report of shots fired Monday, Sept. 2, at 8:48 p.m., on I-70 just east of Stadium Blvd. in the eastbound lanes. Two vehicles were involved. The suspects fired shots from their vehicle into another vehicle injuring two of the occupants. Manns should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see Manns, do not approach. Call 911 immediately. Police had already made one arrest in the case. The Columbia Police Department responded to a report of shots fired Monday, Sept. 2, at 8:48 p.m., on I-70 just east of Stadium Blvd. in the eastbound lanes. Statements from an adult in the vehicle which was shot at led to the overnight arrest of Demetris L. Shaw, 18, of Columbia. The suspect was charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the second-degree, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Two vehicles were involved. The suspect fired shots from their vehicle into another while on the road. CPD currently believe that this was not a random shooting and the individuals involved knew one another. This is an active investigation as detectives and patrol officers continue to follow up on additional leads and seek additional suspects.

 




September 4, 2019

 

PATROL MAKES DRUG BUST IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

 

The highway patrol arrested two men, both of Winston-Salem, North Carolina at 6:35 Monday evening after the driver was stopped for tailgating on I-70 in Callaway County. According to the report, two pounds of marijuana, approximately $5700 in cash and a stolen handgun was recovered. Jonathon L. Kinzer, 32, and 32 year old Joshua Worrell were arrested during the traffic stop near the Highway 54 interchange in Kingdom City. The Callaway County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit assisted the patrol with that stop.

 

LABOR DAY WEEKEND RESULTED IN 5 DEATHS STATEWIDE

 

The patrol reports five people died during the 2019 Labor Day Holiday Counting period. Across the state, 309 accidents, 107 injuries, 4 traffic fatalities, 116 DWI arrests and 95 drug arrests were reported. In addition, there were 13 boat crashes, four injuries, one drowning, 10 BWI arrests and 16 drug related arrests on Missouri’s waterways. Last year there were 11 deaths during the counting period.

 

MAN BREAKS OUT OF MERCER COUNTY JAIL … TWICE!

 

While details regarding the first jail break were not readily available, 27 year old Drake A. Kately of Princeton broke out of the Mercer County jail again this past week. KTVO and KTVO dot com reports he tore a hole in the back wall of his cell with a wooden board that he somehow obtained according to authorities. The back wall of the cell is made of a heavy screen like material and the inmate bored a hole through that material with the board. That hole allowed Kately to enter the basement of the jail and escape through the basement door. Mercer County Sheriff Steven Stockman isn’t sure how or where he obtained the board. He said he was discovered missing during regular cell checks. Authorities believe he may have headed to Kansas City. He’s described as being a white male, 6’1””, slim build and tall, weighing about 165 pounds. In August he was charged with felony escape for the first jail break. He was originally being held on 1st degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, plus other misdemeanor charges. Anyone who has information that may aid in the search is asked to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. That number is 660-748-3165.

 

SCAM ALERT

Randolph County Sheriff Mark Nichols warns citizens of the Social Security Scam currently taking place. Sheriff Nichols advises that the victim will receive an automated call advising that criminal or suspicious activity has been detected on your Social Security account. The scammers will provide a number to call or request that you press button #1 and be connected to an agent. A fictitious agent will get on the phone and attempt to get the victim to pay an amount of money back to the Social Security Administration to keep from being arrested. THESE ARE SCAMS. Hang up the phone, do not send money, do not give personal information such as date of birth, social security numbers or bank account numbers. If you continue to receive calls from these scammers, try to obtain a phone number and contact authorities.

 

 

 

 

 




September 3, 2019

 

PATCHING CONTINUES FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing pavement maintenance on the following routes in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route CC - Sept. 3-6, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 161 to Montgomery County Route A for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day. 

 

Interstate 70 North Outer Road (Booneslick Road) – Sept. 9, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 10 to Missouri Route 161 for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day.

 

Montgomery County Route K - Sept. 10-13, the road will be reduced to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 19 to the Callaway County Line for patching operations from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. that day. 

 

Again, this work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

TWO PEOPLE SHOT ON I-70 IN COLUMBIA MONDAY NIGHT

 

Authorities are continuing to investigate after a reported shooting where two people were hurt Monday night. Boone County Joint Communications issued an alert shortly after 9 o’clock Monday night that said I-70 Drive Southwest is blocked between Beverly Drive and Spencer Avenue. Columbia PD shut down one eastbound lane of I-70 as well to investigate after two people were shot as they were driving eastbound. The two were taken to the hospital, but their injuries do not appear life threatening.

 

HOWARD COUNTY WRECK SUNDAY

 

Two people had moderate injuries due to a vehicle crash in Howard County on Sunday. According to the report, 20 year old Caleb M. Johnson was northbound on MO 5, one mile south of Fayette at 7:45 am when his auto crossed the center line, traveled off the roadway and struck a culvert. Both Johnson and a passenger, 29 year old Jeremy J. Fainter of Reed Springs, MO had moderate injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




September 1, 2019

 

WOMAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 6am Sunday in Franklin County.  46 year old Michelle Kidd of Pacific, MO was on Drake Lane when her car crossed the centerline, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Saturday night in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 24 year old Garrett Krieg of Cedar Hill, MO was on Old Highway 21 when he attempted to make a left turn into a private parking lot and traveled into the path of a motorcycle ridden by 59 year old Stanley Fluegel of Arnold.  Stanley Fluegel was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Pike County.  22 year old Austin Brown of Curryville was on Highway Y when he became distracted with his cell phone, causing his car to run off the right side of the road before striking an embankment and overturning.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

 




August 30, 2019

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ANOTHER SHOOTING

 

Columbia Police responded to the 1000 block of Claudell Lane on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at approximately 7:50 p.m. for several reports of shots fired. A male victim with a gunshot wound was located on the scene by responding officers. That victim was transported to a local emergency room for medical treatment. On the scene, the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. Officers began to investigate and discovered several vehicles were damaged by gunfire and located shell casings in the area.  Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division were called in to assist patrol with the investigation. As officers and detectives were investigating this incident, they were able to locate and interview witnesses on the scene and at the hospital. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or Crimestoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous. 

 

LIMITED ROAD CONSTRUCTION DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation will limit road construction on Labor Day weekend to accommodate holiday travel.  Work on most construction projects that would impact travel lanes will stop at noon Friday, Aug. 30 and resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3. Lane and bridge closures already in place around the state will remain during the holiday and subsequent weekend. Be alert to sudden closures due to emergency situations and flooding. Even with limited work zones, MoDOT is urging motorists to use caution when traveling. Be alert and obey all posted speed limits. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, all available troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways enforcing Missouri’s speed-limit, seat-belt and impaired-driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists.  In Missouri, 11 people died and 470 were injured in 1,048 traffic crashes over the 2018 Labor Day holiday. Troopers arrested 113 people for driving while intoxicated. “Rain is in the forecast for parts of the state this weekend and flooding is still a possibility,” said MoDOT State Maintenance Director Natalie Roark. “Road conditions can change in an instant. Always be alert when driving and remember, Buckle Up Phone Down.” The good news is that the gas for your Labor Day trip may be the cheapest it has been in three years. According to AAA, today’s average is already nearly a quarter cheaper than during last year’s holiday and 4 cents cheaper than 2017’s Labor Day.

 

GRANT WILL ALLOW MODOT TO REPLACE 40 RURAL NORTHERN MISSOURI BRIDGES

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) will be able to replace 40 bridges in northern Missouri as a result of an announcement by Congressman Sam Graves that Missouri has received a $20.7 million federal grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Competitive Highway Bridge Program. The bridges, all located north of I-70, are in poor condition, weight-restricted, supported by timber pile, and one-lane wide but carry two-way traffic. In addition to removing current detours and preventing future ones, the grant will